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Common Wombat

Common Wombat

Species Vombatus Ursinus
Common Wombat
Common Wombat Distribution MapDistribution
Common Wombat
Top speed
Up to 40km/h over short distances
Collective noun

There are three living species of wombats in Australia. The common wombat, the southern hairy-nosed wombat and the very rare northern hairy-nosed wombat, found only in the Epping Forest in Qld (wild population).

The common wombat is a grey-brown to blackish thickly set powerful grazer with strong claws, broad head and short muzzle. It has short rounded ears and a vestigial (remnant) tail.

They live in forest-covered, often mountainous regions in south-eastern Australia. They are also found, although less common, in dry forest, coastal scrub, and heath from sea level up to and above snowlines. They shelter in burrow systems dug into hillsides or sloping ground.

Common Wombats are grazers, spending up to eight hours per night feeding on native grasses, sedges and tubers.

Wombats can reproduce after they reach two years old and normally breed between September and December

The rear opening pouch contains two teats, however, they do only give birth to one tiny joey.

Conservation Status

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They also mark their territories with scents and odd shaped scats. Their poo is rectangular in shape which makes it less likely to roll away, even when it rains, thus making it an excellent boundary fence to ensure other wombats know who has taken ownership of that particular home range.