Wombat out walking

by on Feb.20, 2013, under Fauna, Mammals, Victoria


In Central Victoria our creekbeds are dry – and then after a day’s rain – perfect for tracks! Pictured here are the heavy, flat-footed tracks of the Common or Bare-nosed Wombat. They have a distinctive, pigeon-toed gait, and you can clearly see their digging claws. Sometimes the hind-foot track overlaps that of the front-foot track, creating a large composite footprint – is it bigfoot? A yowie!? No – a Wombat!

Finding and taking pics of these tracks was a bit of a bittersweet experience for me. I was delighted to get such perfect tracks. However, the Wombat passed over the creek sometime between 10 am and 1pm on a very hot humid day – and for Wombats to be out and about in extreme heat that means they may be sufferering greatly from stress. Either really hungry, really thirsty, or suffering from sarcoptic mange – or worse, all three.

Here is hoping our Wombat just ambled out for a mid-morning drink at 10:30 and then rushed home to his cool burrow.