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Echidna

Echidnas, sometimes known as spiny anteaters, belong to the family Tachyglossidae in the monotreme order of egg-laying mammals. The four extant species, together with the platypus, are the only surviving members of the order Monotremata and are the only living mammals that lay eggs. Echidnas live in Australia and New Guinea. Echidnas evidently evolved between 20 and 50 million years ago, descending from a platypus-like monotreme. This ancestor was aquatic, but echidnas adapted to life on land. The echidnas are named after Echidna, a creature from Greek mythology who was half-woman, half-snake, as the animal was perceived to have qualities of both mammals and reptiles.

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Short-Beaked Echidna

Tachyglossus aculeatus

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Subclass: Prototheria
Order: Monotremata
Family: Tachyglossidae
Genus: Tachyglossus
Species: T. aculeatus

The spines of the short-beaked enchidna - also called the spiny anteater - are longer than the fur between them. Active both day and night, this echidna is solitary and can become torpid in the very cold or hot weather, when its temperature falls from the normal 88 - 92°F (31 - 33°C) to as low as 39°F (4°C). It eats a variety of ants, termites, grubs, and worms. These are detected by smell and perhaps by sensors on the long snout that detect electric signals. The small head joins the shoulders with no external neck.

Location: Australia (including Tasmania), New Guinea
Length: 12 - 18 in (30 - 45 cm)
Tail: 3/8 in (1cm)
Weight: 5 ½ - 15 lb (2.5 - 7 kg)
Social Unit: Individual
Conservation Status: Lower risk

Reproduction: Egg-Laying Mammal

Short-beaked Echidna, Tachyglossus aculeatus.

Australia’s most widespread native mammal, the echidna is a monotreme, an egg-layer. It is found in an amazingly wide variety of habitats, from above the snow line to deserts, anywhere there are ants or termites for food.

This individual photographed outside Omeo, Victoria.