Wombats….(and i’m not talking about the band!)

dsc_4642.jpgyes..very noisy at night…blind as a bat but can hear exceptionally well!

Wombats are stout, sturdy marsupials. They grow to about 1.3 metres in length, and can weigh up to 36 kg. They have a large, blunt head with small eyes and ears, and a short, muscular neck. Their sharp claws and stubby, powerful legs make them great diggers. Wombats have been known to live for up to 27 years in captivity.

dsc_4638.jpgTwo of the three species of wombat occur in NSW:

  • The common wombat, most widespread of the two, has a large, naked snout covered in grainy skin.
  • The much rarer southern hairy-nosed wombat has larger ears than the common wombat, and its snout is coated with fine hairs.

The northern hairy-nosed wombat is presumed extinct in NSW.