Short-Beaked Echidna
Tachyglossus aculeatus

Summary

Body rounded and covered in sharp spines, with fur between. Spines yellow-cream with black tips. Smooth tubular snout. Long sharp claws. They feed on ants, termites and other small invertebrates using a long, sticky tongue. They grind this food on horny plates in the mouth. Females lay eggs and feed their young on milk.


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Habitat

Range of areas, including forests.

Distribution

Mainland Australia and Tasmania

Size

Body can grow to around 44cm

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This distribution guide is provided by The Atlas of Living Australia
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