Tasmanian Tiger Facts | Tasmanian Tiger Habitat & Diet


How many times have you come across these special Tasmanian tiger facts including the extinct tasmanian tiger diet, habitat, and behavior. The largest carnivore marsupial, Tasmanian tiger (thylacine) is also known as Tasmanian wolf.

These animals are endemic to New Guinea and Tasmania in the continental Australia. It follows that these tigers were become extinct by the mid of 20th century. Scientists have discovered numerous fossils that tell the story of these tigers in early Miocene.

It is also believed that Tasmanian tiger was the last existing species among its family. These wild animals had become extinct before the European begins to settle in Australia; however, it continued to exist in Tasmania together with other animals.

One of the foremost reasons of their extinction is the Tasmanian tigers hunting at an excessive scale; some other causes include epidemic diseases, emergence of wild dogs, and habitat loss. These tigers were considered to be apex predators.

These species was not very much like placental mammals but some of their general adaptations coincide with these mammals. Tasmanian devil is believed to be its closest relative which is still existing.

Tasmanian tigers first emerged some 4 million years before. By the end 20th century, last seven Tasmanian tigers fossils were discovered in the northwest Queensland. Depending on the species, the tigers vary in size, skeletons, and skins

tasmanian tigerTasmanian Tiger Facts

  • The thylacines looked very much like short-haired dog that has a rigid tail.
  • According to several European settlers, the cat got its name tiger due to the fact that it featured 13 – 21 streaks on the back and its tail. These streaks are more prominent in younger Tasmanian tigers.
  • These animals have thick body hair with a length of about 15mm (3.1 inches).
  • The ears were about the length of 8 cm (3.1 inches) and are shielded with brown fur.
  • The length of an adult Tasmanian tiger measures around 100 – 130 cm (39 – 51 inches), excluding tail.
  • They have a tail of about 50 -65 cm (20 – 26 inches).
  • The largest Tasmanian tiger was measured at 290 – cm (9.5 feet) including tail.
  • The shoulder height of these specimens was 60 cm (24 inches), with a weight measuring at 20 – 30 kg (40 – 70 lb).
  • The females are slightly smaller in comparison to the males.
  • The female has four-teat pouch that opens from the back of its body.
  • These animals were adept to open their jaws up to 120 degrees which is unusual in marsupial family.
  • They had 46 teeth but these were too weak.
  • They were believed to hunt prey with the help of their sight and sound instead of smell as against the previous belief.
  • They had clumsy gait that do not sufficient support to run fast.
  • When provoked, these cats produced sounds like hiss and growl. However, these sounds were then in a series while hunting.
  • Little is known about the precise behavior of Tasmanian tigers. One of the facts about these cats is that they were nocturnal.

Distribution and Habitat

  • Tasmanian tigers used to live in wetlands, grasslands, and eucalyptus forests of continental Australia. They lived all throughout New Guinea.
  • These specimens were mostly found in the coastal heath and woodlands. They had a normal habitat range of 40 – 80 sq. km (15 – 31 sq. mi). They were not considered to be territorial species.
  • They used to spend most of the daytime in hollow tree trunks or small caves. Tasmanian tiger was usually regarded as hesitant species in that it tended to disappear when one approaches.

tasmanian tiger factsFeeding Ecology and Diet

  • These animals were carnivorous and their stomach was capable to withhold large amounts of food in one attempt. This makes a lot of sense since the time when there was not ample food and they had to bear few days without eating anything.
  • Tasmanian tigers were known to hunt their prey in small groups. Some of the most common tiger’s diet includes wallabies, wombats, kangaroos, possums, potoroos, and some birds as well.
  • They have relatively weak jaws and they couldn’t prey on animals with a weight of about 5 kg (11 lb). Nonetheless, this does not apply to the larger specimens.


  • They were at the verge of extinction about 2,000 years ago in Australia possibly due to excessive hunting by native people living in New Guinea.
  • At present, they have been disappeared completely but according to some observers they have come across sightings of Tasmanian tigers; however, this bears no proof whatsoever.
  • Despite their extinction was too much 2000 years ago, some of these species still continued to survive by 1930s in the state of Tasmania. European settlers were believed to be the first ones who hunted these extinct animals.

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  1. I have a tasmanian tiger tattooed on my left arm. Mainly because I did see one in the late 1980’s on the West Coast of Tasmania. My aunt was with me at the time, we saw it crossing the road going to Strahan. My father used to see them on the beach at Trial Harbour which is also on the West Coast of Tasmania. My father came from Zeehan and every year he used to go back for 3 weeks to camp at Granville Harbour which is not far from Trial Harbour. He used to see the tasmanian tigers walking along the beach. That was in the 1970’s and 1980’s. As some of Tasmania is still rough country and especially down the West Coast side of the state, I believe there still could be pockets of these tigers around. I hope so anyway.

  2. Im Doing My Report On This Animal ! They Are So Interesting I’m The Only One In My Class Doing It On An Extinct Animal lol xD

  3. that’s funny so am i Taylor Neal some other kid is doing the Tasmaian Devil which isnt exicint. But the Tasmanian Tiger/Wild dog/wolf/thylacine is so much more intersesting than any dumb Tasmanian Devil. Ive found so much more information on it this year than last year on my own.

  4. i love tasmanian tigers i would like to tell you that reasonably tasmanian tiger sightings i think they found a place deep in the forest/jungle where no human have ever been i think we should find and protect it so they can repopulate so once again a ancient creature can bless us with its presence we should take more care of are earth because god worked hard to make it

  5. i’m doing a report on these fascinating animals aswell! i wish i had one as a pet because they are soooooo adorable

  6. I think the tasmanian tiger would be a great pet. if it doesnt try to eat ur ass.
    any way i havent seen one if real life except for tv, but upclose i would love to com pare it to a real tiger today.

  7. to all that said they want one as a pet you must be pretty selfish as they were such sensitive creatures and they got put through alot of horrible things and that would just be cruel!

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