Species of Wombats

Species of Wombats

Wombat Wonder
Wombats are marsupials that are predominantly found in Australia. These are short, bear-like, furry and chubby creature having teeth like placental rodents which can be regrown if broken due to chewing of tough vegetation. These are crepuscular or nocturnal creatures and they are active either at twilight or at night. They mostly remain in their burrows as they cannot tolerate high temperatures and can even die due to excessive heat. There are three living species of Wombats and I shall tell you something about them.

Species of Wombats:

The living species of Wombats are as follows:
Common Wombat
Queensland or Northern hairy-nosed Wombat
Southern hairy-nosed Wombat

What is the Common Wombat?
The Common Wombat which is also called the Coarse-haired Wombat has an average size of 98cm and a weight of 26kgs. It is found mainly in the eastern and southern parts of Australia which are comparatively cooler and more watered parts. The Common Wombat weighs about 20-40 kilograms and its head and body measure up to 100cm. It can breed every two years.

What is the Northern hairy-nosed Wombat?
The Northern hairy-nosed Wombat, also called the Yaminon, is found mainly in South Wales, Victoria and Queensland and is a critically endangered species. These are slightly larger than the Common Wombat and can give birth to two joeys every two years. Their nose is of critical importance to them as they are poor-sighted and need to smell their food in the dark.

What is the Southern hairy-nosed Wombat?
These are the smallest Wombats found mainly in the dry grasslands in the Southern part of Australia. It is enlisted as a vulnerable species and it is believed that scanty rainfall is the cause of unsuccessful breeding of this species.

Wonderful Wombat

The Wonderful Wombat

In this article I shall tell you about a small little furry creature called the Wombat which I discovered recently. Wombats are Australian marsupials belonging to the family Vombatidae. Kangaroos, koalas, possums, bandicoots are other marsupials that you may have heard of. Wombats are short creatures with sturdy bodies and strong limbs that facilitate digging of burrows. To know more about the feature possessed by these animals read on.
Characteristic traits of Wombats:
Wombats are mainly crepuscular (active during twilight) and nocturnal animals .However they might come out of their burrows on cool or cloudy days.
Wombats are herbivorous creatures and their diet comprises of grasses, herbs, roots, stems and barks .They have incisors that are mainly adapted to chew vegetation. Their strong teeth also help them in digging burrows.
Like koalas Wombats also have a backward facing pouch that ensure no dirt enters it while they are busy digging their burrows.
Wombats keep their undeveloped young that they produce after a gestation period of about 26-28 days in their pouch for about 6-7 months during which the mother nurses it. After the lactation period ends the weaning starts at about the 15th month and they become sexually mature at about 18months from birth.
Wombats have thick, soft fur whose color can vary from sandy to brown and grey to black.
There are three known species of Wombats and most of them weigh between 20-30 kilograms and are about a meter in length.

Species of Wombats:

There are 3 species of Wombats. They are:

Common Wombat
Northern hairy-nosed Wombat
Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat