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Common wombat

A large, squat marsupial, the Australian common wombat is a burrowing mammal found in coastal forests and mountain ranges across NSW and Victoria. The only other remaining species of wombat in NSW, the endangered southern hairy-nosed wombat, was considered extinct until relatively recently.

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The common wombat is a stocky Australian marsupial found in coastal forests, as well as the mountain ranges and western slopes of NSW and Victoria. The rarer southern hairy-nosed wombat, once thought extinct, is now considered endangered. With a blunt head, flat nose and powerful legs, wombats are expert burrowers, able to tunnel major warrens up to 30m in length.

With sharp front teeth that grow continuously, the common wombat is well-equipped to eat a range of native tussocks such as snow grass, wallaby and kangaroo grass, and tree roots. Although quite slow and ungainly, a wombat can reach speeds of up to 40km per hour for short bursts. 

Animal facts

Common name
Wombat
Scientific name
Vombatus ursinus
Conservation status in NSW
Protected

Parks in which this animal is found

Kangaroos in Kinchega National Park. Photo: David Finnegan