The Wombat’s Claws
The wombat’s claws are important to a wombat. They have a lot of use. A wombat has 4 toes and each toe has 5- slightly curved black, thick claws, that are 2-3 inches long.
The claws are used for defensive and burrowing purposes. Since wombats are known to be burrowing animals, it is essential for them to dig everyday. Because a wombat’s daily life is mainly composed of digging, eating and sleeping.
If you can notice, the wombats’ claws are thick and are slightly curved. They are thick and curved because they have to adapt with the wombat’s lifestyle. They are very appropriate for digging. They act like mini shovels and are very reliable and fit for digging. Wombats are able to dig extensive burrows, effectively and efficiently because of their claws. Their claws also give them stable and secure footing. Because their claws give them support.
Another use for their claws is for their defense mechanism. When they are attacked by humans, their response is to either bite or scratch them with their sharp claws. a result of being “clawed” by a wombat are deep punctured wounds or at times skin trauma caused by the wounds. They can easily tear through fabrics/cloth and be able to scratch and claw their attacker. But unlike their teeth, their claws don’t grow back. But it’s very unlikely that they’ll lose a claw.
It’s also not advisable to cut a wombat’s claw like what you would do to you own finger nails or toe nails. The wombat’s claw is thick and has sensitive nerves inside. That’s why, a wombat claw should not be cut or trimmed because it can cause health risks to the wombat.