Tachyglossus aculeatus

Description

Short-beaked Echidnas have sharp-creamy coloured spines, short legs and a long snout. They are known as monotremes - mammals that lay eggs.

Distribution

Short-beaked Echidnas are found in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Lifespan

Echidnas live on average around 10 years.

Size

From 30 - 45 cm in length.

Diet

Echidnas eat ants, termites, grubs, larvae and worms.

Habitat

Echidnas occupy a range of habitats, from snowy alpine to semi-arid areas, including meadows, heathlands, forests, woodlands and desert.

Breeding

Echidnas are one of two mammals (other than the platypus) that lay eggs and do not give birth to live young. Breeding season is around mid-late winter.