Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Tasmanian Devil's Tough Infancy

 The gestational period for Tasmanian Devils is only around 21 days.

Picture from Zooborns

The Devil mother can birth anywhere from 20-40 babies, each as tiny as a grain of rice.  It's tough being a young devil as the survival rate is low.  The mother only has four teats in her pouch, so the first four devils who latch on are typically the only survivors.

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