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Common Wombat

Vombatus ursinus


Common wombats grow to an average of 98 cm (39 in) long and a weight of 26 kg (57 lb), but this young male is probably less than half that. Wombats are the largest burrowing marsupial, and because of their burrowing, have evolved a backwards facing pouch to help keep the dirt from getting inside.


Dry sclerophill bushland.

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39 Comments (1–25)

lori.tas 2 years ago

Hi Mieke, you are more than welcome to use it. If you leave me your email address I can send you a higher resolution jpg. Cheers, Lori.

MiekeScheffer 2 years ago

Am I allowed to use this beautiful picture to print on a t-shirt for my son?

lori.tas 3 years ago

Hi Julieta5. Yes, this little male is a gray agouti. Wombats range in color from dark brown to tan and through varying shades of gray.

HazelMarley 4 years ago


MUSE 4 years ago

cute ...

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 5 years ago

I knew about joeys, but puggles...? Never too old to learn. A wonderful spotting, Lori.

lori.tas 5 years ago

Thanks Margarita. Young wombats are extremely cute. And just so you know, the young of marsupials are all called "joeys". The young of monotremes (our platypus and echidnas) are called "puggles", which I think is adorable.

MargaritaOrlova 5 years ago

Beautiful spotting! What a cute cub!

BirdChirp 5 years ago

Adorable and an amazing picture

lori.tas 5 years ago

They're intentionally that shape outsidegirl. They are burrowing animals, and the short powerful legs make it easier for them to dig burrows, and then to get around inside them. Also, they largely eat grass, so they need a big belly to extract as much nutrition as possible for a low nutrient/high bulk foodstuff.

outsidegirl0 5 years ago

looks like he ate a little to much!

YukoChartraw 5 years ago

Aww! So cute!

Rolo 6 years ago

awwwww cute!

harsuame 6 years ago

Encantador !!!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 6 years ago

So precious. 6 years ago


chebeague2 6 years ago

so cute!!

KatCuff 6 years ago

He is so CUTE!!

Leah M
Leah M 6 years ago

What a little cutie!

alicelongmartin 7 years ago

Thanks Lori for giving me a Wombat to go with the poo! Congratulations!!

Hema 7 years ago

Cute !!

lori.tas 7 years ago

For those interested, an article about a diprotodon skeleton, found in Queensland. Diprotodons were giant wombats, and the largest marsupial that ever lived:

Saarbrigger 7 years ago


lori.tas 7 years ago

They are exceptionally cute when they are still small, like this one. The big ones are still cute, but built like bull-dozers. And, they dig burrows so big that I could fit in one. When you are walking in the high-country, you have to be careful not to fall in their holes.

Amber Burns
Amber Burns 7 years ago

One word...... CUTE!!!!!!

Tasmania, Australia

Lat: -42.60, Long: 147.23

Spotted on Oct 9, 2009
Submitted on Oct 28, 2010

Spotted for mission


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