Mammal Vombatus ursinus (Common wombat)

Blake

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Common Name: Common wombat

Scientific Name: Vombatus ursinus

Family: Vombatidae

Order: Diprotodontia

Other Names: Coarse-haired wombat, Bare-nosed wombat

Distribution: NSW, SA, Victoria and Southern QLD where permanent fresh water sources are available

Habitat: Well watered and partly forested areas, generally closer to the coast

Field Notes: A stout and strong animal. They can weigh up to 40kg and grow to a length of well over 1m. They have a blunt and muscular head and powerful legs and claws which they use for digging. Despite their appearance they are actually very fast runners. Their fur is usually brown to gray, course and wiry.

Wombats are most active during the night and eat many species of native grasses and roots. They can travel long distances from their borrows to find food.

Wombats live in burrows which they dig into the soil and are generally found in well drained loose soil near creeks or on the sides of gullies. They can several meters deep and often up to 20m long. Although wombats often share burrows they can also become very territorial of their burrows and will mark them with scents and droppings nearby. They will defend these grounds with screeching or snorting to warn of potential rivals and can also give chase.

Images By Blake - July 2011 - Location: Australia Zoo



 

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Great photos Blake.

The Common Wombat is also found in Tasmania - Vombatus ursinus tasmaniensis, and is smaller in size than Vombatus ursinus hirsutus (the sub-species found on the Australian mainland)

A photograph ofVombatus ursinus tasmaniensis within the Narawntapu National Park in Tasmania is attached below:

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A photograph of Vombatus ursinus tasmaniensis within the Narawntapu National Park in Tasmania is attached below (Mount Roland in the background):

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