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Animals of Australia

There are few places that match Australia for its unique animals, especially ts mammals such as its monotremes and marsupials and its abundant reptile and frog fauna.

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Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus, Vombatidae: Wombats) Canberra district, Australia

The Common Wombat is a large ground-living herbivorous marsupial that digs extensive burrow systems and is found in Tasmania and southeastern Australia. It is still common in the forest and wooded hill country around Canberra and they are a hazard to traffic on country roads at night. They are usually active at night, but during winter and in quiet locations animals they can be active during the daytime, as here. Often animals seen out and about in daytime can be suffering from mange, but this individual appears to be very healthy. We see it feeding and returning to its burrow, from where it carefully checks me out.



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