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Common Wombat (scat)

Vombatus ursinus

Description:

The unique shape of the wombat’s poop derives from its moisture content. The wombat has the driest poop of any mammal, a result of its insanely long digestive tract. It can take 14 to 18 days for food to get processed and excreted. This process allows the wombat to absorb the maximum amount of nutrients from its food.

Habitat:

Sub-alpine plateau with buttongrass plains.

Notes:

Every morning, the wombat drops 80 to 100 cube-shaped pellets around its burrow, unpacking four to eight of them every time it pauses. Wombats like to poop on top of logs and rocks, so that its poop is more visible to other wombats passing by. The flat sides of the wombat’s cubed droppings keep the pellets from rolling off their pedestals.

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4 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Pedestals. Didn't know that.. thanks. (Showoffs!)

lori.tas
lori.tas 6 years ago

It's impossible to miss their scat. Thus far I've only known one's been on my acreage when I spot a well dug area and the cubed scat.

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 6 years ago

Wow! That is amazing! Thank you for sharing!

medusasnakes123
medusasnakes123 6 years ago

Hey! It really IS cubed shaped!

lori.tas
Spotted by
lori.tas

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, Australia

Spotted on Jun 3, 2015
Submitted on Apr 2, 2016

Spotted for Mission

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