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Devil in detail Tasmanian devils are short, stocky, bearlike animals about the size of a small dog. They have a coat of coarse brown or black fur, and often have white markings on their chests and sides. Their powerful jaws are filled with sharp teeth that can crack bones. Although they are solitary animals, they will gather in groups to feed on a large carcass. Facing disaster main threats Disease—a fatal, infectious face disease is wiping them out at an alarming rate. Competition—red foxes are taking over the devil’s territory as the devil’s population goes down.

They like their space and snort, honk, and roar to warn others away. 4 tons (900–1,300 kg) Diet Woody plants, stoftstemmed plants, and grasses Mega herbivore Rhinos have short, stocky legs to hold up their enormous bulk. They have leathery, virtually hairless skin and two large horns (made of keratin) on their snouts. Their vision is poor, but they make up for it with their keen senses of hearing and smell. They forage in the cool dusk and dawn and rest during the day. main threats Habitat Mainly grassy plains, but also deserts and dry woodland Lifespan Up to 40 years Range Three subspecies of black rhinoceros live in southern and eastern Africa.

Disease—the warmer temperatures created the right conditions for the spread of a deadly fungal skin disease called chytridiomycosis. Habitat—the golden toads were vulnerable to changes in their environment because they lived in such a small area—only 11 sq. mile (30 sq. km). the females were darker, with yellow-edged red blotches. (c) 2011 Dorling Kindersley. All Rights Reserved. 55 FISH Fish Fish are Earth’s EXPERT SWIMMERS. Born for a life in water, most have a streamlined body with SCALES, fins, and a tail for power and STEERING.

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