On 5th December, the Toledo Zoo in Ohio documented the first ever case of Glow-in-the-dark Tasmanian Devil in the World. Could this be the result of some chemical substances ingested by the animal, or perhaps the Tasmanian Devil is evolving to better adapt to its environment and to be able to find food more efficiently.
This peculiar characteristic allows the animal to absorb the ultraviolet light from the surroundings and display a blue light from the skin around the eyes, snout and nose.
This is not the first case of biofluorescence in animals, since scientists found other mammals such as platypus, wombats and flying squirrels displaying the same “super power”. It is not yet clear if the Glow-in-the-dark Tasmanian Devil has a camouflage purpose, is involved in attracting a mate or if it helps to adapt to the nocturnal life of the animal.
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The Toledo Zoo is excited to report the first documented case of biofluorescence in Tasmanian devils!
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