Short-beaked Echidna

Tachyglossus aculeatus

The Spiny Anteater

The Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) is also known in Australia as the Spiny Anteater, though it is not related to other anteaters. However it does feed on ants and termites. It is one of only four living species of echidna and one of only five living monotremes (egg-laying mammals).

Where is the Short-beaked Echidna found?

This species is found across Australia and southwestern New Guinea. While this echidna species is currently not in danger of extinction, its numbers have been reduced due to the introduction of predatory animals, parasites, and disease.

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