Interesting things about Wombats
Wombats, you may say the relatives of koala, lives in burrows. Well Koala lives in tress but are same in subclass called marsupials.
Wombats are found in Australia and nearby islands like Tasmania. This animal make burrows in open grasslands or eucalyptus forests. These burrows turn into extensive tunnels. They make their burrows by using their front teeth and claws. They have backward facing pouch that has several advantages, even when it’s busy in digging burrow.
Wombat’s legs are short. Their bodies are muscular, covered with sandy, brown, grey or black fur. Most probably they are 25 to 35 kg. With their stubby tail, its one meter in length.
Common wombat (Vombatus ursinus), Northern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus krefftii), Sothern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons) are the three speices of wombat. Among the three of them Vombatus ursinus live in their own burrows, and others are living in a group.
Wombats are pure vegetarian. Like rats and mice, they do have the teeth that is growing. They are similar to owl, feed at night on grasses or roots. Well for these reason they have a conflict with humans, as their burrows are causing damages of crop field.
Baby wombat develop in womb, later it moves into pouch. After 22 days of pregnancy, an infant born which is called neonate. After born neonate goes into pouch, stay and develops there for five months. To become matured and able to dig burrows, the baby takes around 8 months.
Generally this animal not seen easily because most of time they spend in night. But every time they left a proof of their presence behind. Well people may not see it easily, most of the people doesn’t know it by names but it’s an interesting character which seen in many animation movies and sequences. Isn’t that interesting!!!