It's Wednesday or Aussie Day and today I am going to tell you a tad about the Tassie Devil..........
The Tasmanian devil is a carnivorous marsupial, it was once native to mainland Australia and is now found in the wild only on the island state of Tasmania, including tiny east-coast Maria Island where there is a conservation project with disease-free animals
It got it's name from early European settlers who upon hearing strange screams, coughs and growls decided to investigate they found a dog like animal with red ears, wide jaw and big sharp teeth that they called “The Devil”
Despite their name they are not dangerous, the do not attack people, although they will defend themselves if attacked or trapped. They may look fierce but they will much rather escape than fight. They do, however, have powerful jaws and when they do bite they can cause serious injury
They have a reputation as a fearsome animal, most of the time this is undeserved, except when it comes to mating season.
Between February and April, mating can be incredibly aggressive, with male and female devils prone to biting one another both during and after the act.
The maximum Tasmanian devil lifespan is about 8 years in the wild. However, very few devils will live that much longer as most die before 5 years of age. The average lifespan of Tasmanian is about 3 to 4 years.