Last week we posted some wild 'n' crazy Tasmanian Devil Trivia. Did you guys dig up the answers about these furry, ferocious little guys? Here they are, below!
- How are Tasmanian devils like kangaroos?
ANSWER: B. They carry their babies in pouches. Like kangaroos, they are also called joeys. They keep cozy in their mother’s pouches for about 4 months.
- What is NOT a characteristic of a Tasmanian devil?
ANSWER: D. Cute wagging tail. This is more characteristic of a dog! Tasmanian devils are quite fierce — especially when they are after prey.
- When does a Tasmanian devil leave its mother?
ANSWER: A. 6 months old. After about 6 months, the babies are weaned from their mothers, and leave to live alone in the bush. By 2 years old, they are considered mature adults.
- If the young Tasmanian devils can survive their first year, how long will they live?
ANSWER: B. 7-8 years. If they can avoid predators and survive, their typical life span is 7-8 years.
- What does a Tasmanian devil NOT eat?
ANSWER: They typically do not eat donuts, but they are known to eat pretty much anything that crosses their paths, including animal carcasses and bones. So you never know!
- TRUE or FALSE? When a group of Tasmanian devils feeds together at a carcass you might hear them screeching and emitting spine-tingling screams.
ANSWER: True. Early European settlers in Tasmania named them "the devil," based on their fiery temper!
- Like a skunk, Tasmanian devils can have:
ANSWER: A. A strong odor. But this is only produced under stress, not when they are calm and relaxed. Another reason you don’t want to upset a Tasmanian devil!
- Most farmers appreciate Tasmanian devils because they:
ANSWER: B. Eat mice and keep the mice population down. I guess the Tasmanian devil figures, "Who needs to eat crops when there are delicious mice aplenty?!"
The San Diego Zoo might actually be getting a real live Tasmanian devil when the new Australian Outback Exhibit opens in May. Fingers crossed! Would you want to meet a real Tasmanian devil in the flesh? Let us know in the Comments. Until next time!
— Ratha, Stacks Writer
Facts and images courtesy of San Diego Zoo