Wombats (the animal)

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We’re not anti the wombat animal - by all account they just get on with their lives without too much fuss.

If you got to this site by accident when you were looking for the marsupial - then you could try these places:

Wikipedia - wombats

Information on Common and Hairy-nosed wombats

Russell’s Burrow - a wombat’s own web site

Essential things to know about wombats

  • Primary defence is to present its rear-end to a predator - it’s really tough and difficult to bite.
  • They move slowly usually - but can attain speeds up to 40km/h for 90 seconds.
  • Wombats have an extraordinarily slow metabolism, taking around 14 days to complete digestion.
  • The pouch on the female wombat opens to the rear. This not only prevents it from filling with dirt and debris when the mother digs, it also provides greater protection to the young when the mother walks or runs as wombats have minimal ground clearance.
  • Wombat burrows are well designed and well ventilated.
  • A wombat’s burrow is sufficiently deep that it’s fireproof. After a fire, a wombat can subsist on roots and bark until the grass regrows.
  • Wombats have burrows for different purposes. Common wombats may have up to 12 burrows each, with 3 or 4 of these being main burrows. Some of these may be shared with other wombats, with each wombat using the burrow at a different time. (Wombats invented timeshares?)
  • They’re extremely strong and can be very destructive. They can tear holes in fences, doors, and even walls. There’s not much that will stop a wombat other than concrete or steel.