Wombat Features

Wombat Features

Wombats’ rodent-like front teeth and strong claws enable them to dig widespread burrow systems that provide them both a space suitable for habitation and a temporary refuge. Their most peculiar adaptation is their backwards pouch. It’s a great advantage for wombat’s young, because dirt from digging stays far from the pouch where they reside. Although wombats are mainly active during night and twilight, they can sometimes be noticed on cool or cloudy days, especially when in desperate search for food. As a concealing animals, they are very hard to spot. However, they do leave extent evidence of their passage, such as distinctive cubic faeces or damaged fences that wombats treat as minor inconveniences to be stomped through.

Baby Wombat

Sleepy Baby Wombat

Wombats belong to group of herbivores. Their veggie diet consists mainly of grasses, sedges, herbs, bark and roots. Their incisor teeth are adjusted to chewing tough vegetation and are somewhat similar to those of the placental mammals. Wombat’s dental structure resembles to many other plant-eating mammals, with a large diastema between the incisors and the cheek teeth being the most recognizable feature.

Their fur colour varies from a light sandy colour to brown, or even from dark grey to black. All three known existing species of wombats weigh between 20 and 35 kg (44 and 77 lb) in weight, with an average of around 1 m (39 in) in length. Females give birth to a single young in the spring, after a gestation period that lasts about 28 days. Kept in an afore mentioned pouch for a period of 6-7 months, offsprings are deprived of mother’s milk after 15 months and become sexually mature at 18 months of age.

3 Responses to “Wombat Features”

  • I am doing a project on wombats and this is very helpful.

  • Harriet.:

    Such a fabulous website. Really emphasises the importance of the presence of Wombats. Would like to see a little more information on the habitat. Other than that, a tremendous website that is wonderfully presented in a crafty, intelligent way.

  • Wombat:

    Thanks Caitlyn and Harriet.

    Wombat.net is still under construction and any feedback on improving the site is very much appreciated.

    Thanks
    Toni

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