Wombat Facts Part 3

Wombat Facts Part 3

Wombat Fact-file
Marsupials are the dominant group of animals that are found in Australia, although some species may also be found in North and South America as well as in New Guinea. About 334 species of marsupials are known to exist out of which 200 are native to Australia.
What do Wombats eat?
Wombats are herbivorous animals and they mainly eat grasses, roots, herbs and barks. Their metabolism rate is very slow, about 14 days. Since they take a long time to digest their food Wombats can survive in arid conditions too.
Digestive system of Wombats:
Wombats have a very slow metabolism rate as their diet is rich in fiber but low in protein. Thus they have a poor diet and need to conserve their energy .Digesting the food for a long time allows them to absorb all the nutrients from their food. Also the hairy Wombats do not drink much water and the water they drink mainly comes from their food itself.
Where do Wombats stay?
Wombats live in burrows. They are very shy animals who sleep for about 18 hours in the day and venture out only in the evening or night. This fact also makes them difficult animals to study. Wombat faeces called scats have a unique smell and the Wombats keep these scats purposely outside their burrows in order to facilitate easy identification of burrows.
Can Wombats be tamed?
Although naturally wild, Wombats can be tamed. You might even persuade it to be held and touched. In fact many zoos in Australia have put these Wombats on public display. Seemingly calm and gentle Wombats can become very aggressive if provoked or if they are in a bad mood. Due to their weight they are perfectly capable of knocking over an average adult human being.

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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.

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Yep, those are the Facts About Wombats!