Common Name: Short-beaked Echidna
Scientific Name:Tachyglossus aculeatus
Distribution and habitat: Echidnas are found all over Australia, including Tasmania, King Island, Flinders Island and Kangaroo Island. They live in most habitats, from snowy mountains to deserts.
Feeding: An echidna eats ants and termites. It finds food using its sense of smell and catches food with its long sticky tongue.
Breeding: Echidnas breed from June to September. The female develops a pouch then lays an egg into it. The young, called a puggle, hatches in 10 days. The puggle stays in its mother’s pouch and drinks her milk for 3 months. It leaves the pouch and stays with its mother until it is weaned at about 6 months of age.
Did you know? An echidna curls up into a ball, wedges itself beneath rocks, or burrows into soft soil when frightened.
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