Tasmanian devil climbing a log

Tasmanian devil

Tasmanian devils are the largest carnivorous marsupials. They are restricted to Tasmania, where their population has plummeted by 60% in recent years owing to a deadly epidemic of facial cancer. Haunted by its chilling nocturnal screeches, early European settlers gave the Tasmanian devil its alarming name. Despite its fierce reputation, it has a rather shy, cautious disposition. They emit their blood-curdling shrieks and theatrical growling only when threatened, or in competition with other devils for food.

Scientific name: Sarcophilus harrisii

Rank: Species

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The Tasmanian devil can be found in a number of locations including: Australia. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Tasmanian devil distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status


  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Mammals
  5. Dasyuromorphia
  6. Dasyurid marsupials
  7. Sarcophilus
  8. Tasmanian devil

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