CREATURE FEATURE: Hairy-Nosed Wombat

The Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons) is the smallest of three species of wombats, an animal native to Australia.

It is a marsupial mammal, because it has a pouch (like a kangaroo). Baby wombats grow in the pouch for about six months.

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The Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat  is adapted to digging, because it has a stocky and robust build, and flattened claws with five digits.

Their body is 77-93 centimetres long (30-37 inches) and weighs about 19-32 kilograms (42-71 pounds).

Its fur is silky and grey. It has pointed ears, sharp rodent-like teeth, and a hairy nose.

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Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

 

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