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Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii)

The Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) cannot be mistaken for any other marsupial. Its spine-chilling screeches, black colour, and reputed bad-temper, led the early European settlers to call it The Devil. Although only the size of a small dog, it can sound and look incredibly fierce.

Eastern quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus)

Male eastern quolls (Dasyurus viverrinus) are about the size of a small domestic cat averaging 60 cm in length and 1.3 kg in weight; females are slightly smaller.

Spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus)

The spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus - or tiger cat as it was once inappropriately known) is the second largest of the world's surviving carnivorous marsupials.

Tasmanian Bettong (Bettongia gaimadi)

Bettongs (Bettongia gaimadi) typically reach 2 kg in weight and are coloured brown-grey above and white below. The tail of the bettong is as long as the head and body while; in comparison, the tail of the potoroo is significantly shorter.

Sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps)

It is likely that the sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps) was introduced to Tasmania, possibly in the early decades of the nineteenth century.

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