Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat

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Endangered

Description

Wombats are heavily built animals with a broad head and short legs. They have strong claws to dig burrows where they spend much of their time. There are three wombats: the Common Wombat, the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat and the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat. As the largest of the three wombats, the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat can weigh up to 40 kg and be more than 1 m long. Compared with the Common Wombat, Vombatus ursinus, the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat has softer fur, longer and more pointed ears and a broader muzzle fringed with fine whiskers (Horsup 1999; QPWS 2006).

The Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat may appear slow and clumsy but can move at speeds up to 40 km/h over a short distance (QPWS 2006).

Habitat

The Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat occurs in semi-arid cattle grazing country (Horsup 1999).

References

Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat
Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat © NQ Dry Tropics 2015
Potential habitat of the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat
Potential habitat of the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat (Qld Government)

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