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.
- 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.