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.

2 Responses to “Environment And Behaviour Of Wombats”

  • Harriet.:

    It was only brought to my attention, the comment under the photo. These sort of ‘quotes’ are determinably unacceptable. If you want to make your website a comedy fest, then make it on Julia Gillard’s accent not on the enjoyable, intelligent presence of the Wombat. Just so disgraceful to the Wild Life of Australia.

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