Echidna – a one of a kind animal of Australia
Australia has two species of monotremes (egg laying mammals) the platypus and echidna. There are no other species like them.
It is unusual to see an echidna in the daytime because by habit they are active at night.
Echidnas are 30 -45 cm in size and weigh 2 to 7 kilograms.
The spines are coarse and used to protect the echidna. The male has a spurs but no venom. Echidna are very powerful diggers and will dig into the ground or wedge into a hollow when threatened. So I think you can see now why I call the Echidna a one of a kind of animal.
Several males will follow one female this is called a ‘train’. The female echidna lays one egg which she then incubates in her pouch for 10 days. The young suckle from a teat in her pouch. The echidna has a burrow and when the young are too big for the pouch they will live in the burrow and continue to suckle until they reach 12 weeks of age. Echidna are one the most unusual and wonderful animals of Australia.
Post and Photos by Amanda Jackson