Fun Facts

Echidnas love to dig and move around 7 tonnes of dirt a year - that's equivalent to 8 trailer loads!

Their digging is really good for the environment. It helps improve soil health, promotes plant growth and keeps carbon in the soil.

The Echidna is a mammal but lays eggs! Mammals which lay eggs are called Monotremes and there are only two living Monotremes in the world which do this, Echidnas and Platypuses. Baby Echidnas are called Puggles.

Echidnas have incredibly long sticky tongues (up to 17cm) which they use to catch food, including ants and termites.

They are surprisingly good swimmers and can swim across creeks, rivers, dams and along beaches.

The South Australian National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972, June 2023, lists the Short-beaked Echidna (Kangaroo Island) subspecies as Endangered.
Short-beaked Echidnas as a general species are classified as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List. Source: Aplin, K., Dickman, C., Salas, L. & Helgen, K.2016.Tachyglossus aculeatus.The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species2016: e.T41312A21964662. Accessed on28 July 2023.