Here are 10 important little known facts about the Tasmanian devil, as well as their similarity to their eponymous Looney Tunes character, Taz.\r\nWhat is a Tasmanian Devil?\r\nTasmanian devils are carnivorous marsupials, or mammals that have a pouch where they carry their young. Most marsupials are herbivorous, but not these deceptive creatures.\r\n\r\nThe Tasmanian devil is scientifically named Sarcophilus harrisii, for their love for meat. It translated to \u201cHarris\u2019s Meat Lover\u201d, after Pierre Boitard Harris, the scientist that discovered them in 1841.\r\n\r\nBrace yourself, as we solve the mystery of the devil...\r\nThey Have A Very Complicated Habitat History\r\nThe habitat of the Tasmanian Devil is ever changing. Through the study of fossils, scientists believe that millions of years ago, before humans, ancient marsupials, a group that Tasmanian devils belong to, migrated from South America to Australia.\r\n\r\nIt is believed that over time, they spread throughout Australia but gradually, with the absence of dingoes (their primary prey and source of food) and the drastic climate change, they began to disappear from mainland Australia and migrated to the southern part of the country where they are known to be endemic today: Tasmania.\r\n\r\nIn Tasmania, the Tasmanina devils were definitely thriving, and would actually start breaking into households and kill livestock, poultry animals, and pets,\u00a0 in addition to roadkills and hunted prey in the forest. In retaliation, humans started to hunt them to protect their livestock and for the little devils\u2019 furs.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Looney Toons Cartoons Grossly Misrepresented The Tasmanian Devils\r\nAre Tasmanian devils dangerous? You bet your penny they are. A real life Tasmanian devil is very different from the creature portrayed in the Looney Toons cartoons, Taz the devil. Taz neither looks like the Tasmanian devil nor, for the most part, acts like its real life counterpart. This is understandable since it's a story for children and it would not have been right to scare them.\u00a0\r\n\r\nA real life Tasmanian devil is loud, aggressive, and will chop your fingers off if you are not careful. It is the size of a small dog, has a squat and a thick build with a very large head. The tail is usually half as long as their whole body length. The two hind legs are somewhat short compared to the relatively thinner and shorter front legs (forelimbs). They may lack great speeds but they are good swimmers and climbers. Tasmanian devils are covered in black fur as opposed to the red one in the cartoon.\r\nThey Are The Last Surviving Carnivorous Marsupials... And Are Now An Endangered Species\r\nMost marsupials like the koala and kangaroo are herbivorous, but among the carnivorous marsupials, the Tasmanian devil is the largest.\u00a0\r\n\r\nA typical adult Tasmanian devil is as big as a small dog.\u00a0 On average, it is 600mm long and 8kg big. They eat too much and can eat various types of organisms, although they prefer carrion and road kills, fish, insects, reptiles, and amphibians. Apparently, the population of these animals is less than 20,000 as of late.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\nThey May Be Responsible For The Extinction Of Their Closest, Much Larger Relative\r\nThe Tasmanian devils once had a rival group of species called the Thylacines or more commonly referred to as the Tasmanian tigers or Tasmanian wolves, which are now extinct. And it\u2019s all because of The Devil!\r\n\r\nThe Tasmanian Tigers were much bigger rivals who also prey on Tasmanian Devils, but the devils had a trick up their furry paws. The devils protect and aggressively defend their own newborns from the tigers. So, the tigers that want to consume a devil must hunt and fight a fully grown one which is not an easy feat. Moreover, a young Tasmanian devil is way too small to be a satisfying meal, which consequently increases their survival rate.\u00a0\r\n\r\nMeanwhile, the Tasmanian tigers leave their newborns in nests which the\u00a0 Devils then seek out. The Devil preys on the offspring of the tiger in its absence and then eventually takes control of the tiger's nest in order to protect its own females and children.\r\n\r\nThe devil is very cunning, indeed.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Devil Screams; It\u2019s Like Deafening Sirens.\r\nHave you ever wondered why the Tasmanian devils are called by their name? How could something so little and seemingly innocent can be called a devil? Apparently,\u00a0 it is partly due to the sound they make at night.\r\n\r\nIf you thought frogs and crickets make the loudest noise when you go camping in the woods, think again. Tasmanian devils are nocturnal animals. At night, during feeding time, inhabitants of Tasmania have often reported that the Tasmanian Devils tend to scream like someone is suffering from an excruciating death. Similarly, these little devils tend to cry and growl aggressively to ascertain dominance during feeding time.\r\nThe Jaw Of A Tasmanian Devil Could Crush Bones\r\nOne must use brute force to crush a bone, and the Tasmanian devils definitely have it. Their jaws can actually cut through the strongest of metals, so they could actually even break the cages of livestock and other animals.\r\n\r\nAs a result, the Tasmanian devils use their incredibly strong and powerful jaw to consume a game or roadkill alone without any left over.\u00a0 And since they also have a fast digestion, they can actually eat all day if they so wish.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\nThey Have A Disturbing And Disgusting Feeding Habit\r\nTasmanian Devils can feed on carrions, as well as sleep inside them. They sleep inside rotten carcass, wake up, and continue feeding like it's a normal thing to do; the smell does not even affect them. The Tasmanian devils are now considered to be endangered species and one of the primary causes is being hit by cars on the\u00a0 road, which only happens when they get their carrions. Since their movements become very slow when carrying one, it becomes very easy to hit them especially since they are small and drivers may actually fail to notice them.\r\nThey Have A Violent Mating And Bizarre\u00a0 Birthing Process\r\nThe male Tasmanian Devils take territoriality up a notch. They tend to kidnap their mate when they are fertile and aggressively guard them to prevent them from running off to another mate.\u00a0\r\n\r\nAfter kidnapping their female counterpart, they begin the mating process which\u00a0 is usually very violent. Even more violent than that of preying mantises and bedbugs, which end up killing their partners. Apparently, both the male and the female tasmanian devils have a tendency to prove their worth; that one is tougher than the other, and so it resulted into\u00a0 an aggressive mating process.\u00a0\r\n\r\nMeanwhile, the female Tasmanian devils have 4 nipples and they usually give birth to tens of offspring at once. Even so,\u00a0 40 percent of their children die while in the pouch and this has also been a contributing factor in the endangered classification of\u00a0 the Tasmanian devils today.\u00a0\r\nThey Carry A Pathogen Not Found In Any Other Animal Alive\r\nA major factor to their endangered nature is the pathogen, Dasyurotaenia robusta. It is\u00a0 a tapeworm that causes the Tasmanian devils to contract cancer, and has led to the death of 90% of the species for the past 23 years. It seems that even these little devils are not invulnerable to death.\u00a0\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nAfter reading this,\u00a0 I\u2019m sure there\u2019s one less thing you don't know about the Tasmanian devils. However, one must keep in mind that although they may be loud and aggressive animals, they are here on Earth for a reason as they also have their own share of contribution to the ecosystem, so let us also try to protect them so we can likewise prevent them from going extinct.