[Blog Post] Australian Animal Facts – The Wombat

[Blog Post] Australian Animal Facts – The Wombat
  • Wombats are a mostly nocturnal herbivorous marsupial mammal and live in burrows. They are the largest herbivorous burrowing animals in the world.
  • A wombat warns off intruders with an aggressive display of head shaking, gnashing teeth and a guttural growl.
  • When wombats are resting in a burrow, their metabolism slows to two-thirds of normal to conserve water and energy.
  • The pouch of a wombat is backward facing to avoid it being filled up with dirt!
  • They have a stout body, blunt head and broad paws with strong claws making it a powerful earth-mover, burrowing up to 2 metres a night. A typical burrow is about 50 cm high and 50 cm wide and can be up to 30 metres long with several chambers including nursery burrows.
  • Wombats have the largest brain to body size ratio of any marsupial and their intelligence has been likened to that of a dog.

We sell a number of different wombat related products in our store, including pewter figurines and cute plush toys – click here to check the wombat range out.

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