Quick Wombat Facts

Bare-nosed Wombat in a Zoo Bare-nosed Wombat (Chewbacca) in the Tama Zoo, Tokyo (courtesy of Womland, used with permission)

Basic Wombat Facts:

  • Wombats are mammals.
  • Wombats are marsupials. 
  • Wombats are native only to Australia.
  • Wombats look somewhat like a little bear.
  • There are two basic kinds of wombats, the Bare-nosed wombat, and the Hairy-nosed wombat.
  • Wombats are nocturnal grazers.
  • They eat mainly grasses and roots.
  • They live in large burrows up to 30 meters (100 feet) long.
  • Wombats are extremely strong and very proficient diggers.
  • Wombats can be anything from a sandy color to brown or black to grey.
  • The average wombat is about 1 meter (40 inches) long and weighs about 25 kg (55 pounds).
  • Wombats can live from about 5 years to over 30 years.
  • Wombats are generally solitary.
  • Most Australians have never seen a wild wombat



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