Wombat: Friendly or Deadly

The Wombat is a quadricep marsupial that is native to the continent of Australia. They have a thick fur brown coat, usually, and look as if you miniaturized a brown bear. Even though these animals may look cute and look like they cause no harm, they are extremely aggressive and can be fatal if threatened. Their main form of defense and aggression is to flee the area back to their burrow. There, they will wait with their teeth to attack a predator or anything that comes near it. They will also wait for the predator to come near the burrow and use their rump to smash the attacker’s head against the roof of the burrow, ultimately killing the danger.

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One of the most unique characteristics of the Wombat is their ability to grow rootless teeth. Usually, marsupials will have a few layers of teeth that grow in and that is it, similar to humans. However, Wombats can continually replace their teeth with new ones. This reduces the chance of losing the ability to defend itself as well as eat certain foods. When thinking of marsupials, the first one that comes to head is a kangaroo. They hop on their hind legs and have a long tails. Wombats do not do this and thus do not need a long tail to aid in their movement and balance. Instead, they have adapted long front paws that aid in their ability to dig a burrow for a safe place to hide.

As you begin to learn about Wombats you may realize that they are a force to be reconned with. But, what do these warriors of Australia eat? To your surprise, those never-ending teeth like sharks and big front claws like lions do not help them catch prey. Wombats are herbivores and mostly eat grasses, herbs, roots, and bark. Their body has even adapted to obtain most of their water from food and they can live years without drinking water.

If you are ever in Australia and wondering where you might find one of these marsupials, you can look almost anywhere from wet and dry lands to forests and slopes. Wombats are adapted for almost anything and just want a place where the soil is easy for them to dig in. If you do come across a Wombat, you can expect a 60-pound animal that is 3 feet in length and can run up to 25 miles per hour.

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I am a Biology Major attending Arcadia University. I started the company My Biology Experience in hopes to connect the Biology community on a closer level.

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