The wombat is a perfectly designed earth-moving machine like a bulldozer except it is much more unique. They can grow up to one metre long with a heavy, thickset body and a short broad head. They have short but powerful legs and their feet have massive strong claws for digging. They mainly eat grass, bark, roots and fungi. They are brown, blackish or grey in colour.
There are only three species of wombats in Australia. The Common Wombat, Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat and the Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat. They live around 5 to 6 years in the wild, but up to 26 years in captivity. Each wombat lives in a maze of tunnels called a warren which can be up to 30m in length, having many exits, side tunnels and resting chambers.
Only about 20 northern wombats remain, living in one small colony in the dry woodland of eastern Queensland. They come out at night to look for food because it is to hot in the daytime. They mainly inhabit temperate forests, heath, grassland and dry woodland. To protect the young from flying dirt when the mother wombat digs, the pouch opens toward the rear end of the animal. This suits the wombats burrowing lifestyle.
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