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Wombat Information and Facts



 Wombat information, facts and some wombat statistics

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Wombat Facts
  • There are three known species of Wombats:
    Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus);
    Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons);
    Northern Hairy Nosed (Lasiorhinus krefftii);
  • Wombat fur may range from cream to grey, brown, or black.
    Before being protected by law, it was often hunted for the value of its fur pelt
  • An adult Common Wombat weighs 20 - 40 kg. Head and body measure 100 cm and the tail is 2.5 cm long.
    A wombat can run at 40km/h for a short distance.
  • If grasped on the back, a wombat will kick backward with both hind feet like a donkey.
    Although wombats look cute they can be aggressive, threatening, and dangerous.
  • Newborn bean sized wombat weights only one gram.
    It drags itself into the backward-facing mother’s pouch, attaches to a nipple and stays there for six - ten months.
  • Resting in borrow slows down wombat's metabolism to 60-70% of its normal rate.
  • Wombat life span is 5 - 26 years.
  • The Northern hairy-nosed wombat is exceptionally rare and critically endangered.
    Current population is between 90 – 150 wombats.
    There is only one known colony of Northern hairy-nosed wombat, so they are extremely vulnerable to natural disasters.

Wombat habitat facts

  • Red - Northern hairy-nosed wombat. Estimate population 90-150 wombats

  • Black - Common wombat


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