What are Wombats

What are Wombats?

Wombat-Who??
Do you know what a Wombat is? After scratching your head for some time you’d probably say it is a small town in New South Wales. But hey, do you know that Wombat is actually a cute little furry creature found in Australia and the town is actually named after the animal! Wombats are Australian marsupials. Seemingly serene and gentle you might be tempted to pet them but beware they can get really aggressive at times as they are naturally wild in nature. I shall tell you more about Wombats, so read on.

What are Wombats?
Wombats are marsupials found mainly in forests, mountainous regions and heathlands of South-eastern Australia and Tasmania. About a meter in length, these are short-legged muscular quadrupeds with a short tail. They are the closest relatives of the koala and like them they have a backward opening pouch.
Marsupials are actually an infraclass of mammals that have a marsupium or pouch which may be transient or permanent. They bear a similarity to mammals in the sense that they have furry bodies and give birth to young ones that are suckled by the mother. However their gestation period is very short, about 12-14 days and thus they give birth to undeveloped young. The newborn, called joey, instinctively climbs out of the mother’s birth canal and crawls into the pouch and attaches itself to the mother’s teat. The joey remains inside the pouch during the entire lactation period which may vary from weeks to months. During this period the mother nurses the baby while the composition of her milk changes depending on the developmental stage of the young. Once the Joey matures they come out of the pouch.

How Do Wombats Survive?

How Do Wombats Survive?

Know how do Wombats Survive
Have you ever seen an animal that would look like a little bear? You want t see one? Let’s look at the world of wombats. It might not be that familiar since wombats are living mostly in Australian territories. Here are some quick actualities about wombats and their diet.
Wombats are marsupials wherein they carry their young in a pouch
Hunt, live and play by day and rest by night
They can dig onto the ground using their long claws and front teeth
Lived in a large hole
Life span is from 5 years to more than 30 years
Herbivores in which the only eat grass, herb and alike
There are two kinds of wombats, namely common wombat and hairy-nosed wombat

Wombats are absolutely herbivores and they love to eat roots grasses, fungi like puffballs and mushrooms, bushes and trees, inner bark of some trees, leaves, shrubs, marsh plants and mosses. Although these two kinds are both herbivorous their food selection varies a lot.

The common wombats’ diet consists of the snow tussock grass and in addition moss is its favorite.
They also look for foods by the side of the seashore and sometimes they eat the vegetables from nearby farms.

Hairy-nosed wombat can be classified as southern and northern hairy-nosed wombat.
Southern hairy-nosed wombat like better the perennial grasses
Northern hairy-nosed wombat loves to eat spear, poa and tussock grasses

Diet of a wombat is nutritionally poor thus they need to conserve energy by having slow metabolic rate. Even if that’s the case, their digestive system is very much efficient.

How many Wombat Babies?

How many Wombat Babies?

Question from Casey:

How many offsprings does a wombat have and how many babies does a wombat have?
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The Wombat Answers:

A female wombat can give birth to one baby only. But like with every other creature there’s a chance that a wombat can give birth to twins. This happens in rare occasions. And the female wombat usually gives birth around spring time. I hope this answered your question.

Can Wombats eat meat?

Can Wombats eat meat?

Question from Susan D. (Toronto,Canada):

Is there a possibility for a herbivore animal like a wombat or giraffe to eat meat?
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The Wombat Answers:

There’s no possibility because, their digestive systems are not the strong enough or are not made for tough stuff like meat. With the wombat’s case, their metabolism is extremely slow and leaves or grass is the most appropriate stuff for them to eat.

Is Wombat Meat Edible?

Is Wombat Meat Edible?

Question from Nathan (USA):

I am in search of weird animal meat and I came across of this roadkill list and seen wombats on the list. Is wombat meat edible? And if yes, does it tastes good?
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The Wombat Answers:

You can eat wombat meat. But I heard and read that it does not tastes good and the meat is very tough since they do a lot of digging they have tight muscles.

How does the Wombats Digestive System work?

How does the Wombats Digestive System work?

Question from Tonita:

hi my name is Tonita and i am doing a assingment on the digestive system of two animals and the hairy nosed wombat is one of them, it would really help me if you could send me some diagrams and some information on this if possible. thank you for your time =)

The Wombat Answers:

Before answering your question, we would like to apologize first because as of now we can’t provide you of a diagram of a hairy-nosed wombat’s digestive system.

Now, with your question here is our answer:

There are 2 species of hairy nose wombats: The Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat and the Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat.

Whether it’s a hairy nosed or just a common wombat, all wombats have very slow metabolic rate or metabolism, and as a result they’re chubby animals. For all species of wombats the food that they eat passes through their digestive system for 8-14 days, which makes them extract the maximum amount of nutrients from the food that they eat.

The Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat, mostly eats different kinds of grasses. Unlike other wombat specie that eat other kinds of plant matter. Some grass type that they eat are: tussock or spear. But during times of drought they dig out the dried out grasses and eat the roots instead. They eat or graze for 2-6 hours every night, chewing very slowly.

The Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat, which is the smallest among the wombat species commonly eats, grasses, juicy plant stems, tree barks, herbs or also at times small fungi like mushrooms. This wombat specie has an extraordinarily slow metabolism compared to it’s other relatives. They eat for 4-6 hours every night moving from patches of grasses or plants to another.

The main reason why the wombat’s metabolism is very slow is because it doesn’t eat very nutritious type of food. In short, it has a very poor diet which is low in protein and very high in fiber. Because of this they have to conserve and be more conscious of their energy consumption. By digesting their food for 8-14 days, they’re able to squeeze out all the nutrients that they can get from the food that they eat, for them to be able to survive the poor diet that they have. Plus wombat don’t drink lots of water, the water they drink is mostly dew drops from the grasses and leaves that they eat, this goes for hairy wombats because common wombats love to drink water.

We hope that this answered your question, and in the future we’ll post some wombat’s digestive diagrams here at wombats.info. So keep on checking it out.