Echidna’s are monotremes. Along with the Platypus they are one of two Egg laying mammals found all over Australia. Echidnas mainly live in forests, bushland and grasslands. Echidna’s can be seen out during mild weather.
When it is extremely hot or cold an echidna will take shelter under rocks or bury themselves.
Sometimes they can be seen swimming in rivers and paddling in pools to cool down on very hit days. Echidna’s diet mainly consists of ants and bugs in and under timber and rocks on the ground.
Echidnas possess is powerful paws. These paws enable them to run, walk and climb.
This allows to escape animals that may harm the echidna. They can dig for food and burrow themselves with their powerful claws and also rip apart rotted wood for ants and small bugs to survive on.
Echidnas like others suffer from loss of their habitat.
More houses and roads being built mean risks for echidnas from increasing traffic into bush areas. They are also under threat with bush fires that wipe out populations in the affected area.
Additionally foxes, dingoes, and feral dogs and cats also live in these kind of environments and pose high risk to echidnas especially the young which have little defence.
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