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Wombat Vocalizations

Wombats are generally quiet animals.

Bare-nosed wombats can make a number of different sounds, more than the Hairy-nosed wombats.

Wombats tend to be more vocal during mating season. When angered, they can make hissing sounds. Their call sounds somewhat like a pig's squeal. They can also make grunting noises, a low growl, a hoarse cough, and a clicking noise.

A growling noise is made when adults confront each other. Females in heat may make calls when males pursue them. Wombats can also make noises when they're alarmed, or as a warning to other animals that they're angry.

Mothers and infants communicate with short hissing sounds. This has been described as a "huh" or "hhhmmpph" sound.

When sleeping, wombats will sometimes snore.

To hear a wombat, visit the Animal Sounds page from ABC Archives.

by Peter Marinacci

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