Mammals of Australia

Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

The Short-beaked Echidna is one of only three egg-laying mammals in the world including the platypus and a New Guinea echidna. It has no teeth, an extremely long tongue, a long snout and strong fore claws which it uses to feed on ants and termites. When disturbed, the Echidna turns into a ball of spines or digs vertically into soil until it completely disappears. Females lay a single soft shelled egg - probably directly into the pouch. The young hatch after ten days and remain in the pouch for three months.

cube Distribution of the Short-beaked Echidna in Australia.

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