Latin Name: Tachyglossus aculeatus

Locailty: NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC and WA

Echidnas are active mainly at dawn and dusk in summer and during the day in winter. They sleep under bushes or leaf litter in hollow logs or abandoned burrows. They have a slow rolling gait freezing or curling up if threatened, eventually seeking shelter or burying themselves. They climb into logs and stumps and dig into termite mounds and ant nests, locating insects by smell and by detecting electrical signals via receptors in the snout. They are usually solitary.

Fact: Did you know and echidna’s tongue is 18cms long?


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