What's Unusual about Wombat Feces?

If you're interested in animal poop, then you'll find the subject of wombat poo a fascinating one. Wombats produce cube-shaped scat which they use to mark the area around their burrows. The wombat will leave these droppings on fallen tree trunks or stones in order to make them more prominent. The droppings have flat sides to stop them from rolling away.

Wombats are a nocturnal marsupial native to Australia. They navigate primarily by smell, so droppings are an effective means of establishing territory to other wombats. A single wombat will produce up to 100 manure pellets every evening. The distinctive shape is the result of an extremely long digestive process which produces very dry and compact dung.

More about wombats:

  • Wombats are over three feet (one meter) long and can weigh up to 77 pounds (35 kilograms).
  • Wombats have one of the most efficient digestive systems of any mammal. They need very little water and their dung is up to four times drier than camel dung.
  • While wombats are generally sedentary they are able to run at bursts of up to 25 miles per hour and have been seen leaping fences over three feet high.

Discussion Comments


I still wonder how the poop gets into a square/cube shape. Apparently all comes out well in the end. What do they mainly eat?

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