Student Name: Shahnaz
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!
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.