Head-Body Length:30-45 cm
Identification:The coat of the short-beaked echidna is black to light. It has spines on its back and sides, and the snout is long, narrow, and naked.
Diet:Carnivore: termites, ants, small invertebrates
Reproduction:After a gestation period of 14 days, the female lays her eggs which are placed into her pouch. There, they are incubated for 7-10 days. After hatching, the young are carried in their mother’s pouch for another three weeks.
Social Structure:The short-beaked echidna is solitary.
Behavior:Short-beaked echidna may hibernate in cooler weather. If threatened, they will dig rapidly into the ground. Hollow logs, roots, or rocks make up their dens.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Even though female short-beaked echidnas feed their offspring milk (as do all mammals), they have no nipples. Rather, the baby echidnas suck the milk off their mother’s skin. When feeding, echidnas use their long sticky tongue (up to 17 cm long) to catch their prey. Because they have no teeth, the food is then broken up along horny ridges in the mouth
|Name||Short-Beaked Echidna,Tachyglossus aculeatus|
|Origin||New Guinea and Australia (including the island of Tasmania)|
|Clutch Size||Short-beaked echidnas are typically 30 to 45 cm (12 to 18 in) in length, with 75 mm (3 in) of snout, and weigh between 2 and 7 kg (4.4 and 15.4 lb). However, the Tasmanian subspecies, T. a.|
|Life span||Captive 50year,Wild 45Year|
|Reproduction||After a gestation period of 14 days, the female lays her eggs which are placed into her pouch. There, they are incubated for 7-10 days. After hatching, the young are carried in their mother’s pouch for another three weeks|
Kingdom – Animalia
Phylum – Chordata
Class – Mammalia
Order – Monotremata
Family – Tachglossidae
Genus – Tachyglossus
Genus Species – Tachyglossus aculeatus