Saturday, February 26, 2011

Don't Stress The Little Devil Out



This week's PhotoHunt theme is mostly black.

A Tasmanian Devil is mostly black except for a white spot that can occur on his chest or rump. His black ears will turn red when he becomes stressed.
As you can see the similarities between the Warner Brothers bipedal Taz and the Australian marsupial are practically non existent. Though, they both do have a ravenous appetite and a bad temper.
The Tasmanian Devil only survives in the wild on the island state of Tasmania. However, widely spread fossils indicated that they were once found on mainland Australia.  It is believed that due to meteorological changes and the spread of the dingo they became extinct prior to the arrival of European settlers. The Tasmanian Devil is not a large animal, and they are about the size of a small dog.  Its build is stocky and muscular.  It makes a variety of boisterous noises, but its vocalizations are primarily to warn and ward off intruders. The devil is carnivorous and nocturnal.  It roams considerable distances, up to 16 km a night, in search for food--either carrion or prey.  It uses its powerful jaws and teeth to completely devour the carcass bones, fur and all.
After almost a century of being hunted by those that viewed them as a threat to livestock, the Tasmanian Devil was on the brink of extinction.  However, in 1941 they officially became protected and their numbers began to increase.  Unfortunately, starting in the mid 1990's the species has fallen victim to the devastating Devil Facial Tumor Disease-a fatal condition characterized by cancers around the mouth and head.  Currently the wild Tasmanian devil population has decreased by 80%, and the animal is now considered endangered.


9 comments:

  1. Excellent choice. Now I have to find something black as well - I used my best black last week :)

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  2. Such a cute little critter! I hope they can figure something out to cure this disease that is threatening them.

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  3. Great shot and very informative post too!

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  4. WOW! Talk about exotic wildlife!! And great commentary, Maya -- found it very educational. :)

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  5. what a cute animal. thanks for the informative article.

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  6. I have always loved the cartoon, such a cute devil and informative post!
    Happy weekend and hunting ;)

    mostly black

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  7. Not at all like the cartoon devil. I wonder how that evolved from such a cute little thing.

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  8. They actually are quite cute - probably not cute when you meet them but in photo - cute. Nice photo for this week's theme.

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  9. Hi Maya, thanks for such an interesting post. I think of the cartoon too when I hear that name. It's too bad that their population numbers are so low and they are endangered. They are cute little guys. Great photo and choice for this week's theme. Hope all is going well with your new home.

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