How Long Do Tasmanian Devils Live? – Tasmanian Devil Lifespan

In this article we are going to discuss how long do Tasmanian devils live. The maximum Tasmanian devil lifespan is about 8 years in the wild. However, very few devils will live that much longer as most die before 5 years of age. The average lifespan of Tasmanian is about 3 to 4 years. Over the past many years most devils are quickly dying out partly due to habitat loss, human hunting, or road vehicles and partly because of cancer. Prominent among the diseases is the devil facial tumor disease which is pretty common in these marsupials. Let’s see some of the main factors that likely determine the life expectancy of a devil.

How Long Do Tasmanian Devils Live For? – Tasmanian Devil Lifespan in Captivity & in the Wild

Tasmanian devils grow to their maximum length and height when they are 2 years of age. In captivity, the devil lives longer, perhaps understandably, and like all other mammals. The captive devil is fed properly and is probably bred in ideal environment so it’s more likely to live up to 8 or possibly 10 years. The oldest Tasmanian devil in captivity died at the age of 7 years. The name was Coolah. Coolah died in May 2004 at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Tasmanian Devil Lifespan Compared to other Australian Carnivorous Marsupials

Name Image Lifespan
Tiger Quoll

4 – 5 years

 Western Quoll
  3 – 4 years
 Kowari
   3 – 6 years

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