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By Barbara Triggs

This can be the 1st publication released completely approximately one in all Australia's iconic marsupials: the wombat. It supplies a whole account of the wombat's lifestyle above and under the floor, its existence cycle, maternal behaviour, mating and copy.

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Most mammals groom their coats with meticulous care, and usually they have a long ritual sequence of grooming movements, which they perform regularly, beginning with the face and head and progressing through all the parts of the body: belly, flanks, back, hind legs, genitals and tail. A cat, for instance, always begins a grooming session by washing its face with its licked forearm before attending to the rest of its coat. At other times, if just one particular part of the skin is irritated by an insect or a grass seed or something similar, the cat immediately attends to the irritated area by scratching, licking or biting the fur.

Scats, either old or fresh, are not found in any part of the burrow. Burrow networks Sometimes a major burrow forks into two or more tunnels, and these tunnels may link up with others, either from the same burrow or from adjacent burrows, forming a network of interconnecting tunnels and entrances. 5). 5 Probable plan of a burrow system described in the text. Redrawn from McIlroy (1972) measured with a plumber’s ‘snake’. As the wombat was located 11 metres directly in from the entrance of the middle burrow, which was a greater distance than the recorded lengths of the tunnels, it was probable that the burrow system was very long indeed, as is shown in the scaled plan.

Major ‘core’ burrows have up to 12 entrances, although the average is two to three entrances. There has been a 40% increase in the number of burrows in the last three to four years, which is good news for this endangered species. Most of these new burrows have only one to two entrances but there are signs that they are expanding in size. All of the currently active burrows of the northern hairy-nosed wombat are found along the remains of an old watercourse. Burrow networks A southern hairy-nosed wombat’s warren has many entrances and the burrows are interconnected.

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