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The wombat is designed with powerful legs and extremely strong claws, which it uses for efficient digging and feeding.
The female wombat has a pouch that opens toward the rear. This design is important since the wombat digs its tunnels underground. If the pouch opened toward the front, it would possibly fill with dirt as it dug its tunnel. The wombat is designed with powerful legs and extremely strong claws, which it uses for efficient digging and feeding.
Common wombat, hairy-nosed wombat
CLASS: Mammalia (mammal)
ORDER: Diprotodontia (kangaroos, possums, and relatives)
FAMILY: Vombatidae (wombats)
GENUS/SPECIES: Vombatus ursinus, Lasiorhinus latrifrons, and L. krefftii (coarse-haired, northern hairy-nosed, and southern hairy-nosed)
Size: Average: 3.3 ft (1 m)
Weight: 33–88 lbs (15–40 kg)
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: Grasses
Habitat: Savannas and forests of Australia, Tasmania, and Flinders Island