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The short beaked Echidna {ekidna] is found only in Australia. This spiny nomad is one of the world's oldest mammals. The Echidna is a monotrene like the Platypus. Its independence and desire to travel are hallmarks of Echidna Walkabout. Years ago we called ourselves Echidna Walkabout, thinking that everyone knew what an Echidna was... Well here is one! And every time something big happened, an Echidna seemed to be around. A walkabout is a special journey - to Aboriginal People it has spiritual significance. To us, it is a journey of discovery, not just about travel, but about re-connect with the important things.More about the very special Echidna.

 

The Echidna

Echidnas can be found throughout Australia but they are solitary animals that travel over long distances so if travellers are lucky enough they can be seen anywhere. Echidnas are recognisable by their long spikes all over their body.

They vary in colour depending on the region - darker and furrier in Victoria. 

Their snout is between 7 and 8cm long and is highly sensitive but stiff to allow it to break up logs and termite mounds

Echidnas mainly live off termites which is why they are sometimes known as the spiny ant eater.

They vary in size between 35-53cm (1 to 1.5 feet) in length and the males can weigh up to 6kg.

When under attack or approached Echidnas will either bury itself into the ground or roll into a ball and wedge themselves between rocks or against trees. They like to shelter against rocks when it is raining or windy.

Echidnas can live up to 16 years but the average is about 10 years.

Keep your eye out for them when bush walking.