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About the Wonderful Wombat

Updated on September 4, 2014

Vombatus ursinus

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Wombat - Marsupial

The wombat is a large, hairy marsupial mammal. Its powerful build can weigh up to 39 kilograms and it is approximately one metre long, with a short, 2 5-millimetre tail. It has stumpy legs and stout flattened claws.
It lives mostly in southeastern Australia, including southern Queensland and Tasmania. It prefers hilly forest country in which to dig its many burrows, which are often 20 metres long.

Mom and Baby Wombat

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Great story for the little ones

Really Large Rodent-like Teeth

The wombat is nocturnal, emerging after dark to forage on grasses, roots and herbs with its rootless teeth. As with other rodents, wombats have a continuous succession of grinding surfaces in their mouths, which are constantly replaced as they wear down.
There.are three species of wombat, all similar — the other two being the southern and northern hairy-nosed wombats, which are plains dwellers, as opposed to the common wombat, who prefers the forest floor.

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Wombat Day - Oct.22nd

Wombats are solitary creatures but they do show some community spirit in as much as their burrows often interconnect. Each excavates several burrows and they visit regularly. Despite this they maintain individual feeding grounds by scent marking and defensive measures.
Females have a double-teated, rear-opening pouch, wherein single young are normally suckled. After six months the young is weaned but it accompanies its parents for another ten to 11 months before separating.

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Found in only a few areas of South Australia

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Wombats Poo is Square - Really

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      Sp Greaney 3 years ago from Ireland

      It's a pity they aren't in other countries besides Australia. I would love to see them in real life.