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Environment And Behaviour Of Wombats

Environment & Behaviour of Wombats

Wombats generally move slowly and are known for taking shortcuts. However, when endagereed they can easily reach up to 40 km/h (25 mph) and keep that speed for 90 seconds. Notorious for their agressive reaction to intruders, wombats fearlessly defend home territories centred on their burrows.

The Common Wombat occupies a space of up to 23 ha (57 acres), while the hairy-nose species occupy much lesser range of no more than 4 ha (9.9 acres). Their exceptionally slow metabolism results in prolonged digestion that may take up to 2 weeks. Yet, that characteristic makes it easier for wombats to survive in arid condition ranges.

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Their natural enemies are Dingos and Tasmanian Devils. Wombat’s primary defence is of anatomical nature; their posterior is mostly made of non-vascular dense tissue called cartilage. Combined with a lack of a tail, their rear hide is a reliable ally against predators’ attack since they can neither bite nor injure their target. When in immediate danger, wombats quickly hide into a nearby tunnel, using their hindquarters to block a pursuing intruder. If the attacker persists, they use a merciless, yet effective strategy: when the predator forces its head over wombat’s back, it’ll use its powerful legs to crush the skull of an enemy against the tunnel roof.

What is a Wombat

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Wombats are short-legged quadrupedal marsupials from Australia. These muscular animals with very short tails are approximately 39 inches (1 metre) long. Wombats mostly dwell in mountaninus, forested and wasteland habitats in south-eastern Australia and Tasmania. Their name derives from the Eora Aboriginal community, former residents of area surrounding Sydney.

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11.29.2010

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