Where Does the Tasmanian Devil Live and Is There Really an Animal Called the Tasmanian Devil?

There really is an animal called the Tasmanian Devil, and it lives in Tasmania, a large island off the southern coast of Australia.

Scientists think it became extinct on the Australian mainland about 600 years ago.

The Tasmanian devil is nocturnal and about the size of a small, thick-set dog.

It is covered with black fur, sometimes with a few white markings, and the Tasmanian devil is the world’s largest surviving carnivorous marsupial.

Early settlers to the area gave it its name because of its hair-raising screeches and bad temper.

The Tasmanian devil was hunted until 1941 when they became officially protected because they were regarded as a threat to livestock in Tasmania.