This large, pudgy mammal is a marsupial, or pouched animal, found in Australia and on scattered islands nearby. Like other marsupials, wombats give birth to tiny, undeveloped young that crawl into pouches on their mothers’.
The Common wombats’ nickname is Bulldozer of the bush. There are three known species of Wombats: Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus);
Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons);Northern Hairy Nosed (Lasiorhinus krefftii);
Wombats have the most developed brain of any marsupial and it is larger than what would be expected for their body mass. The wombat’s brain entirely fills its skull, unlike the koala, and has many surface convolutions indicating a high level of intelligence.
Wombats are extremely strong and very proficient diggers and use their claws to dig burrows in open grasslands and eucalyptus forests. They live in these burrows, which can become extensive tunnel-and-chamber complexes. Common wombats are solitary except during the breeding season, but there have been reports that they visit each other’s burrows on occasion. and inhabit their own burrows, while other species may be more social and live together in larger burrow groups called colonies. Wombats are nocturnal and emerge to feed at night on grasses, roots, and bark. They have rodentlike incisors that never stop growing and are gnawed down on some of their tougher vegetarian fare. Wombats can live from about 5 years to over 30 years. The average wombat is about 1 meter (40 inches) long and weighs about 25 kg (55 pounds).