What Do Wombats Eat?

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Wombats eat bark, shoots and grasses. They are nocturnal herbivores that live to an average of 26 years in the wild. They gnaw on bark to keep their continuously growing teeth at a manageable size.

The common wombat lives in Tasmania and southeastern Australia. Wombats prefer open forest, coastal scrub and heath habitats where the soil is loose and easier to dig. Wombats are known to burrow and are the world’s biggest burrowing mammals. They have large-clawed, wide feet, powerful and short limbs, and compact bodies with flat broad heads. The wombat has only a few natural predators, including dingoes and foxes.