Posted by: danielfee | September 26, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 09-26-2012

Wombat – Cradle Mountain NP, Tasmania

Wombat

Wombats are short four-legged marsupials native to Australia, including Tasmania. On our visit to Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain National Park, we took a night exploration to see some of the nocturnal animals. Wombats fur color can vary from  sandy to brown or from grey to black. All three known species of wombats average around 3 feet in length and weigh between 44 and 77 lbs. One distinctive adaptation of wombats is their backwards pouch. The advantage of a backwards-facing pouch is that when digging the wombat does not gather dirt in its pouch over its young. The name “wombat” comes from the now nearly extinct language, “Darug”, which is spoken by the Aboriginal Darug people who originally inhabited the Sydney area.

 

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  1. Very cute!


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