Short-beaked Echidna

Young Echidnas are called Puggles. Now, doesn’t that make you smile? View more.

About the listing

Where & When:

Echidnas are commonly sighted on the edge of trails and roadside verges in search of a tasty insect treat. Their meandering footprints are easily identifiable and often included in the mix of footprints in sandy estuarine regions. Keep your eyes peeled as echidnas may show their face morning, noon and night.


  • It’s covered in fur and spines and has a distinctive snout and a specialized tongue, which it uses to catch its insect prey at a great speed. 
  • They are typically 30 to 45 cm and their mouth cannot open wider than 5 mm, their long sticky tongue helps them to collect their food.
  • They eat small invertebrates including ants, termites, grubs, larvae and worms, yummy!
  • They live in forests and woodlands, heath, grasslands and arid environments.
  • Echidnas are egg-laying mammals (monotremes.)
  • To report injured wildlife call 03 8400 7300


Short-beaked Echidna

Echidna, wildlife, 12 Apostles Coast and Hinterland, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia