Been out bushwalking and heard a rustle in the scrub? Maybe it was one of these guys. Wombats are full of surprises and mystery — find out more about these fascinating marsupials with these 10 fun facts. The southern hairy-nosed wombat is the state fauna emblem of South Australia.
Southern hairy-nosed wombat | Lasiorhinus latifrons facts
The Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat is a stout and robust animal with strong claws adapted to digging. Distributed patchily in areas of semi-arid shrubland and Mallee, populations are highly fragmented. The greatest threat to the species is currently Sarcoptic mange. We help limit gazing competition from exotic herbivores by conducting regular control of feral goats and rabbits. Other threats include habitat destruction and fragmentation, illegal culling, grazing competition from domestic livestock and feral animals such as rabbits, collisions with motor vehicles, and drought which can prevent successful reproduction.
Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat
See them at the Zoo. Wombats' soft fur is gray or brown with white around the nose. They have a thick, heavy body; small eyes; and a wide, flattened head. Their short, powerful legs have strong claws.
The wombat is a terrestrial marsupial found in Australia and Tasmania. At 40 inches long and often over 70 pounds, they are the second largest marsupial with only the larger kangaroo species attaining greater adult size. Wombats also have the largest brains of all the marsupials, and are notorious for cleverly digging alternate exits to their burrows when traditional traps are placed at the entrance. Wombats do not climb like their closest relative the koala. They are entirely terrestrial and well-built for a fossorial lifestyle underground.