What are Wombats

What are Wombats?

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.

Wombat Facts

Wombat Facts

Facts About Wombats

* Wombats are marsupials.

* Wombats belong to the Australian Marsupial group

* Wombats are herbivores.

* Wombats are nocturnal and crepuscular.

* Female Wombats have backwards-facing pouch.

* Female Wombats have 2 vaginae.

* Newborn Wombats are actually really only bean-sized

* Wombats love biting.

* Wombats are naturally playful and inquisitive.

* Wombats love scratching the part behind their ears.

* Wombats have poor eyesight.

* There are 3 species of Wombats. Namely, The Common Wombat, Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat and Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat.

* The Common Wombat’s scientific name is: Vombatus ursinus

* The Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat’s scientific name is: Lasiorhinus krefftii

* The Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat’s scientific name is: Lasiorhinus latifrons

* Wombats’ primary predators are the Tasmanian Devil, Dingoes and Wedge-Tail Eagle.

* Wombats are shy animals.

* Wombats have excellent sense of smell and hearing.

* Wombats are diggers.

* Wombats’ metabolism is extremely slow.

* Wombats mainly feed on grasses, roots, sedges, tree bark and fungi.

* Wombats are often mistaken to be Badgers.

* Wombats physical appearance is a cross between a bear and a pig.

* Wombats sexual maturity occurs at approximately 3 years of age.

* Wombat droppings are called scat.

* Wombats’ scat has a unique and distinctive smell.

* Wombats are well-adapted to it’s harsh environment.

* Wombats live in burrows.

* Wombats’ tails are useless and are very short.

* Wombats life span is up to 30 years.

* Wombats make sucking noises.

* Female Wombats give birth during the wet season ( November-April).

* Northern Hairy-nosed Wombats are critically endangered.

* Northern Hairy-nosed Wombats are also called Yaminon/s.

* It takes a Wombat a day to dig a burrow.

* Wombat fur is soft and silky.

* Wombat fur color is mostly brown, grey and black.

* Wombats are mainly found in Australia, to be specific in the Queensland area.

* Female Wombats are a little bigger than male wombats.

* Wombats live alone in their burrows.

* Wombats are considered to be pests by farmers.

* Wombat burrows also provide shelter for some rabbits.

* A Wombat can run at 40 kilometers an hour for a short distance.

* Wombats do donkey kicks to defend their selves.

* Wombats are very cute creatures but are very aggressive.

* Wombat scats can tell if a burrow is occupied or not and who the owner is.

* Wombats way of keeping their selves clean is by taking a dust bath.

* Wombats can swim.

* Baby Wombats (joey) stay with their mom for 2 years, but it depends on the sex of the baby wombat. Female baby wombats stay with their moms longer than male baby wombats.

Wombat Facts

Yep, those are the Facts About Wombats!