How did the Tasmanian devil get its name?

How did the Tasmanian devil get its name? Jeanne Brown, Lead Zookeeper at Chicago Zoological Society, explains how the Tasmanian devil got its name.


Tasmanian, «taz MAY nee uhn», devil is a meat-eating animal that lives on the Australian island of Tasmania. It belongs to a group of mammals called marsupials, which give birth to tiny, poorly developed offspring. Tasmanian devils get their name from their fierce displays, which include harsh screeches and snarls and opening their mouths wide to show their sharp teeth. They feed mostly on the remains of dead animals, but they also may kill and eat reptiles, birds, mammals, and other animals.


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Last updated on: Nov 18, 2012


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