Why do wombats sleep on their backs?

Why do wombats sleep on their backs?

Question from Lee Junseok:

Why wombats sleep on their backs?

Just that position fits in their


Is there another reason why

wombats sleep on their backs?


The Wombat Answers:

The wombat’s burrow is not that spacious, but a wombat has an ample enough space for it to move around in it’s burrow. There are actually 2 wombat sleeping position. The curled up position and the laying on it’s back position. Like us (humans), when we are relaxed and ready to sleep, the usual sleeping position that we position ourselves to, is either laying on our back or on our side.

When a wombat sleeps on it’s back, it means that they’re relaxed and ready to get into deep sleep.

If a wombat feels a need to control their body temperature usually by keeping themselves warm, they use the curled up position. The curled up position is similar to hugging or covering oneself with a blanket. And is effective in keeping the wombat warm. Specially during rainy season and winter.

I hope this answer satisfied your curiosity.

Can I keep a Wombat as a Pet?

Can I keep a Wombat as a Pet?

Wombats As Pets

It is not advisable for anyone to keep wombats as pets. Some people at oftentimes assume that wombats are good to be kept as pets. But the truth is, it is not a good idea.

Despite the wombat’s very cute physical appearance and gentle demeanor, they should not be mistaken to be kept as pets.

When you look at a wombat, you can’t help but desire to have one as a pet. Especially nowadays that not only the typical dog or cat are kept as pets but other sorts of animals too. That’s why people can’t help but think if they can buy or have one as a pet.

The reason why it’s not advisable to keep a wombat as a pet is because wombats tend to be more destructive as they’re growing up.

If you keep a wombat inside a house, wombats can easily chew, tear, scratch and destroy the furniture. They can also put deep scratchmarks on the walls with their sharp claws. And if a wombat is kept outside, it can escape and can easily dig it’s way out. It can easily break down fences and cause destruction in the garden or the yard.

Since some wombat specie are close to extinction, it’s much advisable and recommendable to make monetary donations to centers and rehabiliation programs dedicated to wombats to help, instead of keeping one as a pet.

Even if wombats are naturally wild, this does not rule out that wombats can not have any sort of contact with humans. In encountered cases of orphaned baby wombats, this is an exception. In cases like this special care is needed. And only people with expertise and knowledge in taking care of wild animals are allowed to handle and take care of orphaned wombats. Wombats need special care and a special diet. And only in these kinds of cases where in humans are allowed to take care of wombats.

How does a Wombat Sleep?

How does a Wombat Sleep?

Wombat Sleeping Position

If you are a wombat lover, for sure this thought have already crossed your mind: “How does a wombat sleep?”

Wombats are chubby or fat and short. They resemble a small bear but way heavier. Most of the time wombats sleep on their backs, like human beings do. They fit perfectly in their burrows. When you see a wombat sleeping on their back, you might mistake one to be dead. Because it lays so very still. It looks like a very fat Teddy Bear, sleeping.

Another wombat sleeping position is the curled-up position. A wombat’s body has a little resemblance or is a little similar with an armadillo. That’s why it can easily curl-up itself in a ball-like matter. This wombat sleeping position is quite cozy-looking. This position also helps wombat to keep their selves warm. And they also look quite cute when they sleep like this.

One more thing about wombats, is that they snore when they sleep. Just like humans. That’s why wombats are just so cute and unique in many ways. They look cute, sleep cute and act cute.

And that’s how wombats sleep, on their backs or curled-up like a ball.

How does a Wombat sounds like?

How does a Wombat sounds like?

Sounds & Noises That Wombats Produce

Do you know how wombats sounds like? And most people will answer with a “no”.


Because we don’t really get to hear or see a wombat in the wild that much. People are not also aware of how a wombat sounds like or what kinds of sounds and noises a wombat makes.

Mainly, wombats produces a sucking sound. The sucking sound is like the wombat’s default sound.

But like humans and other animals, wombats also produce different kinds of sounds depending on what kind of activity they are engaged to or depending on what they’re feeling.

Here are some of the sounds/noise that a wombat produce:
– Wombats tend to make more noise during mating season or when the female wombats are in heat.

– When wombats are angry they make a hissing sound. Quite similar with the snake’s hiss, but more louder and defined.

– When they are roaming around looking for some food or when they are eating they make a grunting sound similar to a small pig.

– When they are frightened, threatened or ready to fight back a wombat that angered them, they make a low growling sound.

– They can also make loud, hoarse coughing sound. They usually make this noise when they are taking a dust bath or when they’re simply hanging out with other wombats.

– Wombats snore when they sleep. Though not all of them and not all the time.

– Mother wombats and baby wombats make short hissing sounds to communicate with one another.


And those are just some of the various sounds and noises that a wombat makes.

Baby Wombats – Are Newborn Wombats Cute or Not?

Baby Wombats – Are Newborn Wombats Cute or Not?

Newborn Baby Wombats: Cute or Not?

People who are wombat lovers or not think that wombats are such cute creatures. But people, who are not well aware of how a wombat looks like when it’s just newly born, assume that they’re very cute since they came out to the world. In this article we’ll talk about how a newborn wombat looks like and analyze if they’re really cute or not.


Female wombats give birth to a baby wombat after a gestation period usually around spring time. A female wombat’s gestation period also varies depending on which kind of wombat specie it is. But usually the gestation period is around or approximately 20-22 days.

Newborn and baby wombats are referred to as a joey.
A newborn wombat does not have the senses of sight, smell and hearing. They are only bean sized and only weigh a gram. Yes, they’re only literally bean sized. A newborn wombat stays inside the backwards facing pouch of the mother wombat for a couple of months. For some wombat specie, a newborn wombat stays in the pouch for 6-7 months, for other wombat species it’s for 9-11 months and for other it’s for 6-10 months.

During these months that a newborn wombat stays inside the backwards facing pouch of the mother wombat, the newborn wombat sucks the nipple of the mother wombat almost all day and drink milk and sleep. During these months that a newborn wombat stays inside the pouch gives the newborn wombat an ample amount of time to develop. Their eyes start to develop, also their nose, ears and the rest of their undeveloped body parts. Their fur becomes thicker too.

So, all in all a newborn wombat is not cute at all. It’s very very small and it almost looks like a tadpole. But it still can depend on how each individual perceive them to be. They can be cute for some, for others it looks a little creepy and for the rest a newborn wombat is not cute at all.

But once the baby wombat is about to finish it’s development inside the backwards facing pouch of the mother wombat, it starts to look very cute until the day that it has to go outside the mother’s pouch for good.
They become the cute creatures that most people like very much. Baby wombats or joeys looks like an adult wombat but a whole lot smaller because they’re still babies.


Here in wombats.info can conclude that newborn wombats are not very cute but once they develop and become young wombats they’re extremely cute and are so irresistible to pet or touch.