Wombats - An Overview
Wombats are cute, furry marsupials that look more like rodents. It is
the world’s largest burrowing marsupial mammal that lives in burrows in
daytime and emerges at night to feed on grasses and other plants.
The Wombat’s Life Cycle
The baby Wombats remain in the mother's pouch for 4 to 10 months. No
sooner, it is born the baby Wombat called Joey crawls into its mother's
pouch and attaches itself to one of the mother's teats. After one to
three months, the baby Wombat leaves the pouch.
The different species of Wombats and their habitats
The three subspecies of common Wombats are The Australian Mainland
Common Wombat, Tasmanian Wombat, Flinders Island Wombat. On the other
hand, the two species of Hairy-Nosed Wombats are The Southern Hairy
Nosed Wombats and the Northern hairy nosed Wombat.
Common Wombats are found through forest and woodland areas along the
eastern and southern coast of Australia, and in Tasmania. The southern
hairy-nosed wombat is found only on the Nullarbor Plain in South
Australia, and the northern hairy-nosed wombat is found only in a small
area of Queensland.
Their Defence Mechanism
If a Wombat feels threatened of being attacked by human beings, they
prefer to play an attacking role. If any animal tries to attack a Wombat
in its burrow, the Wombat will use its backside as a shield. With their
powerful legs and sharp claws, and large sharp incisors they defend
themselves from threats and attacks.