Category - hairy
The genus name lasiorhinus comes from the latin words lasios, meaning hairy or shaggy, and rhinus, meaning nose. The widely accepted common name is northern hairy-nosed wombat, based on the historical range of the species, as well as the fur, or whiskers, on its nose. In some older literature, it is referred to as the queensland hairy-nosed wombat. Southern hairy-nosed wombats range though western australia, southern south australia, and south-western new south wales. The largest of the three wombat species is the northern hairy-nosed wombat, which averages about 32 kg and reaches more than one metre in length. Compared with the common wombat, northern hairy-nosed wombats have softer fur, longer and more pointed ears and a broader muzzle fringed with fine whiskers. They are generally nocturnal but will sun themselves on winter mornings and afternoons. Northern hairy-nosed wombat is the largest member of the wombat family. Slow and clumsy at first glance, this animal, however, is capable of running as fast as 25 miles per hour for about 1. These exceptionally good diggers are able to move up to 3 feet (0.). The hairy nosed wombats head is more angular, and nose much broader, than the bare-nosed wombats. The hairy nosed wombats ears are larger, longer, and more pointed. Additionally, the back is not as sloped as a bare-nosed wombat. The upper lip of a hairy-nosed wombat is cleft which allows them to eat vegetation very close to the ground. The northern hairy-nosed wombat has longer, more pointed ears than the common wombat, and also has a wider muzzle and softer fur. Despite its cumbersome appearance, the species can reach an impressive speed of 40kmh over a short distance. xstrata - the northern hairy-nosed wombat - duration 151.