- The Tasmanian tiger was shy and would avoid contact with humans.
- It had large, powerful jaws which contained 46 teeth.
- This mammal wasn’t actually a tiger, it was the world’s largest marsupial.
Welcome to the Tasmanian Tiger Quiz, where you can test your knowledge and learn more about this extinct breed of marsupial! While they may have looked like dogs, due to their size, and perhaps tigers, due to their coloring, they were neither. This animal was a marsupial, a close relative of the Tasmanian devil, and was known for the distinctive dark stripes along its lower back and long tail.
Take the quiz to test your knowledge of Tasmanian Tigers if you believe you know everything there is to know about them or if you want to learn more about this extinct marsupial!
History Of The Tasmanian Tiger
This carnivorous marsupial, also known as the thylacine, first began appearing millions of years ago on continental Australia and was found all over, from the south in Tasmania to the north in New Guinea. There are fossil records of at least 7 different species of thylacines dating from about 30 million years ago to almost 12 million years ago. It is not clear why, but it actually became extinct on the mainland of Australia about 2000 years ago.
Thylacine did well in Tasmania for many years until hunting by humans and habitat loss led to their extinction. The last Tasmanian Tiger known in existence was in 1936 at a zoo in Hobart, Tasmania where he died after being left out of his cage overnight. While there have been recent reports of sightings on the rise in mainland Australia and Tasmania, there is no definitive proof that they are of thylacine.
Interesting Tasmanian Tiger Facts
Just like dogs, Tasmanian tigers would use an array of growls, yaps, and barks to communicate with each other. Although they were generally quiet animals, they would use these vocalizations to communicate with others in their family. They would also growl and hiss whenever they felt threatened. Read on for more interesting facts!
- They were marsupials and raised their young in pouches just like a kangaroo.
- This animal resembled a wolf in its appearance and was sandy-brown in color with a range of 15-20 dark stripes on its back.
- They would go out of their way to avoid humans because they were quite fearful.
- Due to their timid nature, they were easier to capture by humans since they wouldn’t fight back.
- Tasmanian tigers have been noted to stand upright on their hind legs and hop when startled.