Tasmanian Devil, a flesh-eating animal found in Tasmania. It is a marsupial—a mammal whose young develop in a pouch (mar-supium) like that of the kangaroo. The Tasmanian devil is about three feet (90 cm) long, including a 12-inch (30-cm) tail. Its fur is blackish-brown to black with irregularly shaped white blotches. The animal has powerful jaws. It often attacks livestock, especially sheep, and poultry. Although it was once found on the Australian mainland, the Tasmanian devil is now found only in thickets and dense underbrush of Tasmania. The animal ordinarily emerges from its burrow only at night. The female gives birth to many offspring at a time, but usually only two or three survive. The name “devil” is derived from its seemingly ferocious expression and dark color.
The Tasmanian devil is Sarcophilus harrisii of the family Dasyuridae.