Bare-nosed Wombat Vombatus ursinus 725-1175mm TL, including tail 25 mm
(Common Wombat; Bass Strait Wombat [Flinders Island])
What does it look like? Stock, with large, flattened head, short limbs and powerful claws for digging. Greyish-brown to blackish above, paler below, and with a bare nose, and short, slightly rounded ears. Female has a rear-facing pouch.
Where is it found? South-eastern mainland. From south-eastern Qld, through ranges of eastern NSW to central Vic and Tas (including Flinders and Maria (introduced) Islands). Also in far south-eastern SA.
What are its habitats & habits? Forests, woodlands and grasslands, where it sleeps during the day in underground burrows and feeds on the ground, mostly at night, on native grasses, sedges and roots of shrubs. Female has 2 teats, but usually gives birth to a single young, which may be born at any time of the year.
Interesting fact: Three subspecies currently recognised, V. u. ursinus on Flinders island, V. u. hirsutus on mainland and V. u. tasmaniensis on Tas.