Fun Fact November 5, 2020
5 November 2020
Today another animal from down under. The Wombat is a short-legged, muscular quadrupedal marsupial that are native to Australia. They are about 40 inches long with small, stubby tails and weigh between 44 and 77 pounds. There are three species of wombat. Wombats are herbivores and their diets consist mostly of grasses, sedges, herbs, bark and roots. Wombats dig large and complicated burrow systems with their rodent-like front teeth and powerful claws. One of the distinctive adaptations of the wombat is their backward pouch. The backward-facing pouch, which keeps dirt off the baby wombat while mom is digging a burrow. Wombats are primarily nocturnal and not often seen. They do however leave behind unique evidence of their passing; cube shaped poop. wombats arrange these feces to mark territories and attract mates, it is believed that the cubic shape makes them more stackable and less likely to roll, which gives this shape a biological advantage. The method by which the wombat produces them is not well understood.