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Australian Animals  



Common Name: Short-beaked Echidna

Biological name: (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

Description: Short-beaked Echidnas can grow up to 40cm and 7kg, but most are between 2kg and 5kg. Their Latin name means ‘quick tongue’ and ‘spiny’ There’s a good reason why their other common name is the Spiny Anteater. Their noses are hard and strong, allowing them to break open logs and termite mounds. Echidnas slurp up ants and other insects with their sticky, saliva-covered tongues, which can be 17cm long!


Habitat: You can find the echidna slowly wandering around most habitat from deserts to rainforests and alpine mountains

Location: Australia's most widespread native mammal.

Diet: ants and termites

Conversation Status: Least Concern (Population stable)

Interesting Facts: The young echidna – the puggle It’s then carried in the mother’s pouch for about three months, where it suckles on her mammary glands.