Tasmania is home to many unique and unusual mammals. Here you can find out more information about them, their scientific names, and the best places to see them.
Tasmania has a unique assemblage of Australian animals, including the three largest extant (living) marsupial predators - Tasmanian devil, spotted-tailed quoll and eastern quoll. Because of its island status, fewer introduced predators and a relatively large amount of intact habitat, Tasmania has a diverse mammal fauna and the state is a stronghold for many species which have become extinct, or are on the verge of extinction, on mainland Australia.
Tasmania has several endemic mammilian species - those found nowhere else in the world. Some, like the Tasmanian devil and Tasmanian tiger are well-known. Others, such as the eastern quoll, pademelon, long-tailed mouse and bettong are less well-known, but equally fascinating.
Like most of Australia's mammals, the Tasmanian mammal fauna comprises many marsupials, or pouched mammals. Marsupials are remarkable for their method of reproduction; they produce fingernail-sized young that complete their development in their mother's pouch.
For further information, the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) has a complete list of Tasmania's land mammals.