Tachyglossus aculeatus

Tachyglossus aculeatus

(Short-beaked Echidna)




Tachyglossus aculeatus

Common name

Short-beaked Echidna

Main colour; body size

Brown to grey; to 45 cm long

Mature weight

2-7 kg

Scat shape, size

Cigar-shaped, shiny, to 2 cm wide and 5 cm long, often a lot of obvious insect fragments


Cairns, Townsville


The echidna is rarely observed on campus, as it is chiefly nocturnal, presence may be indicated by the scats, particularly areas around creek banks. The distinctive feature of this animal is the long quills or spines. They roll up into a ball when disturbed. Feed on ants and termites.

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