Common Wombat

Vombatus ursinus

Conservation status: Not threatened or endangered.

 

Australia is home to three species of wombat, two of which; the southern hairy-nosed wombat and northern hairy-nosed wombat are facing uncertain futures in terms of species survival. The common wombat, is the most often sighted, having a much larger population; it is distributed across Tasmania and the continents southeastern corner. They are well known for being burrowers, using their strong forelimbs to dig deep burrows, which can have up to 7 entrances and provide a home for up to 10 wombats. Wombats have several interesting physiological features; one such feature is the pouch, which is backwards to prevent it filling up with dirt as it burrows, also the wombats diet consisting of roots and shrubs is essential to wear down its continuously growing teeth. These wombats small, highly localised population makes the species especially vulnerable to natural disasters, with wild dogs being the wombat's primary predator.

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