Wombat Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

Wombats are a kind of furry animal, and not a kind of bat, despite their name. This lesson will teach you about wombats, where they live, what they like to eat and some cool facts about them.

What are Wombats?

Imagine walking through a coastal forest when suddenly you see a chubby, furry creature waddling across a path in front of you. Is it a miniature bear? You've never seen anything like it before, and you want to know more about it. Come meet the wombat!

Wombats are chunky, furry Australian animals that live in burrows (holes or tunnels) and are good diggers. Despite their looks and name, they aren't related to bears or bats. And even though they look cute and huggable, they can be very hostile if they think they are in danger, so it's best to give them space.

There are three different kinds of wombats, and two of them have hairy noses. Their fur can be brown or grayish, helping them blend in with their surroundings and hide from enemies. Animals, like dingoes and Tasmanian devils, will make a snack out of wombats if they aren't careful!

Wombat with a Hairy Nose
Wombat with a Hairy Nose

Even though they waddle along and don't look very fast, wombats have strong legs and can run up to 25 miles per hour if they have to. You probably wouldn't win a race against a wombat unless you were an Olympic runner!

Wombats are marsupials, which means females have a pouch of skin on their stomach where they carry their babies, just like kangaroos and koalas. They only have one baby at a time, called a joey, which is probably a good thing because it stays in her pouch for up to 10 months. Your mom would have an aching back if she carried you around for 10 months and never put you down!

Where do Wombats Live?

In the wild, wombats are only found on the continent of Australia and islands off its coast, including Tasmania, in grasslands, coastal forests, woodlands and mountains. You can also see them in zoos.

Wombats are like living, breathing shovels. They dig long tunnels underground that lead to special sleeping rooms. They can dig out as much as 3 feet of dirt in just one night!

Wombat with Feet Made for Digging
Wombat With Feet that are Made for Digging

Some kinds of wombats live alone in their burrows and others share them with several other wombats. Some even connect their burrows to each other with complicated tunnels, like an underground apartment complex for wombats!

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