Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Creature Wednesday/ Wombat

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Hello Wednesday, hello world, let us talk about creatures as being Wednesday means it is creature day and today's creature is the wombat.

They are short-legged, muscular marsupials native to Australia, they are mostly nocturnal, coming out at night to eat grass, herbs, bark and roots.

They weigh around 20-35 kilos and those short legs can move pretty fast when they are scared or feel threatened as fast as 40 km/h.

Their gestation period is only 20-22days, the baby is called a joey and it will remain in its mum's pouch for around 6-8 months. They have a backward facing pouch which protects the young from having soil on it when it digs it's burrows.

At 2yrs old they will be fully grown. They have a lifespan of only around 5 years in the wild but in captivity they can live for as long as 30yrs.

They have the driest poo of any mammal, which is due in part to the fact that they have an incredibly long digestive process that can take between 14-18 days.

Although they look cute and cuddly they are dangerous and have been known to attack humans.

The are considered to be pretty smart and have the biggest brain of all marsupials.


7 comments:

Chatty Crone said...

They multiply fast but they take a long time to grow!

Rita said...

Lots of interesting facts on these. :)

Margaret-whiteangel said...

Good facts there Jo-Anne, and they won't necessarily move either if they are used to humans.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Jo-Anne - good to read something about these creatures ... I've never seen one and knew little - cheers Hilary

Karen @BakingInATornado.com said...

I'd heard of the wombat before but never saw a picture or any information about them. They sort of remind me of a Possum.

CWMartin said...

Holy constipation, Batman...

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Sandie......Oh yeah

Rita......Thank you

Margaret.....So I have heard

Hilary.....You are welcome

Karen.....They are cute

Chris......Batman is speechless

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