These nocturnal Australian marsupials are heavily built, 28–47 in. long, and tailless. The single newborn develops in the mother's pouch for about five months. Wombats eat grasses, tree bark, and shrub roots. They make a grassy nest at the end of a long burrow. The common wombat of southeastern Australia and Tasmania, considered a pest, has coarse dark hair and short ears. The rare Queensland hairy-nosed wombat has fine fur and longer ears; protected by law, the population lives principally in a national park.
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