All About Tasmanian Devils

skull: large skull supports dense jaws

teeth: 42 large, sharp teeth; molars can crush bone and tear skin; canines often stick out of the mouth when it is closed

front legs: longer than back legs, which causes a loping gait

claws: used for digging dens and climbing trees

All About Tasmanian Devils

eyes: see in black and white, which is useful for detecting movement of prey

fur: dark brown or black, often with a white stripe across the chest; lighter markings on the shoulders and rump

tail: long and thick at the base; stores fat for times when food is scarce

pouch: backward-facing pouch is a safe space for newborns to grow

whiskers: appear in clumps on top of the eyes and mouth; help devils feel for food in the dark

ears: nearly hairless ears amplify sound; thin skin on the ears causes them to appear red when devils are excited or stressed

During a night of hunting, a Tasmanian devil might travel 16 kilometers (10 miles).