What do they look like? The Common Wombat is a large solidly built marsupial that can reach up to 30kg in weight. Wombats are the closest relative to the Koala and females of both species have a backwards opening pouch. The Common Wombat is covered with soft silky grey-brown fur and has strong claws and thick legs for easy digging.
Where do they live? Wombats live in burrows in forest and bushland areas of Tasmania, Eastern Victoria and part of the Eastern ranges that run from NSW to Queensland.
What do they eat? Like its cousins the Southern Hairy-nose and Northern Hairy-nose Wombats, the Common Wombat predominantly feed on a variety of grasses.
Behaviour: Wombats are nocturnal animals, tending to sleep all day coming out later in the afternoon to scavenge and graze in the cooler temperatures of the night.
Reproduction: The Common Wombat breeds during the year with most mating occurring during winter. One baby is born approximately 30 days after mating and it remains in the mother’s pouch for 6 months. The young stays with its mother until it is 18 months old. Because the young is dependent on the mother for such a long period, usually only one young is reared every two years.
Threats: Common Wombats have suffered a significant population decline in recent decades due to habitat devastation.
Conservation Status: Protected; limited