Tasmanian Devil

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The Tasmanian devil makes a variety of fierce noises, from harsh coughs and snarls to high pitched screeches, especially when fighting.

The Tasmanian devil makes a variety of fierce noises, from harsh coughs and snarls to high pitched screeches. They have an especially impressive and frightening screech. Tasmanian devils also vocalize with growls and vibratos when fighting and are regarded with awe because of the blood-curdling shrieks they use when a group is scavenging a carcass. A sharp sneeze is used as a challenge to other devils, and frequently comes before a fight. These behaviors are bluff and part of a ritual to minimize harmful fighting when feeding communally at a large carcass.

Sources: (Boyce, 2018; Fahey & Kinder, 2001; Nowak, 1999; Save the Tasmanian Devil Program, April 2018)
Image: Aaron Fellmeth Photography

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