What makes the Tasmanian devil unique?

Tasmanian devils are found only on an island off the coast of Australia, called Tasmania. They were named for the growling noises they make when looking for food and their harsh screeching and screams when they are feeding. They are carnivorous, which means that they eat any dead animals they find in the forest, even if the meat is old and rotting.

Tasmanian devils are the size of a small dog, and are marsupials. Female marsupial animals have pouches in which they carry their young. The pouch helps the Tasmanian devil mother to feed, and protect newly horn devils.

Hundreds of years ago, Tasmanian devils were found on the Australian mainland also. We know this from fossils that have been found. They became extinct on the mainland about 400 years ago, but are still found on the island of Tasmania.