Common Wombat

Common Wombat

Check out Australia Zoo’s Common Wombat!

Don’t miss our wonderful wombats here at Australia Zoo. Keep your eyes peeled in our common wombat exhibit for these burrowing beauties! They are often spotted digging, grazing, snoozing and exploring their home. During their daily walks, you can get up close and personal as they enjoy the sights, sounds and smells that the Zoo has to offer.

 

Baby Common Wombat under another Common Wombat.

 

Wombats are a robust and powerful nocturnal marsupial! They are found throughout south-east Australia including Tasmania. They have strong claws, nails and teeth for digging burrows and chewing through tree roots. They are herbivorous and spend the hours of darkness grazing on grasses, shrubs and leaves.

 

Common Wombat in the grass looking to the right.

 

Because wombats are marsupials, they have a pouch for raising their young, called joeys.  Their pouch faces backwards to avoid it filling up with soil as they burrow! The have a strong cartilage plate on their rump which is used as the perfect defense tool. If approached by a predator whilst underground, the wombat will use that cartilage plate as a door, blocking the entrance to their burrow. In order to escape predators when above ground, wombats have the ability to run at speeds of 40 kilometres per hour!

 

Just when you thought they couldn’t get any cooler, they do square poos. Crikey! This is to mark their territory, ensuring it stays exactly where it lands and won’t roll away.

 

Common Wombat crouched in the grass.

 

Wombats have adapted to live in a variety of environments from forests and shrublands to grassy plains. Wombats are great!

  • Class of animal icon
    Class

    Mammalia

  • Genus of animal icon
    Genus

    Vombatus

  • Species of animal icon
    Species

    ursinus

  • height of animal icon
    Length

    90 centimetres

  • weight of animal icon
    Weight

    20 - 39 kilograms

  • Diet

    Herbivore

  • gestation of animal icon
    Gestation

    22 days