Common wombat (Vombatus ursinus)

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IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern LEAST
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  • Common wombats are amongst the world’s largest burrowing animals, with their powerful limbs and flat claws enabling them to dig extensive networks of burrows.  
  • When threatened by a predator, a common wombat will escape to the nearest burrow, and use its tough, tailless backside as a shield.  
  • Being nocturnal, common wombats have poor eyesight but an excellent sense of smell, using their square-shaped poo to mark their territories.
  • Common wombats are marsupials but unlike other species, the female has a backwards-facing pouch to allow her to dig without getting dirt in the pouch and covering the joey.
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Common wombat description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderDiprotodontia
FamilyVombatidae
GenusVombatus (1)

Information on the common wombat is currently being researched and written and will appear here shortly. 

Also known as
Bare-nosed wombat, Coarse-haired wombat.
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Common wombat status

Classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1)

IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern

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References

  1. IUCN Red List (January, 2018)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org
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