Museum in a Box - Echidnas

Boxes are currently available each school term for set loan periods of three weeks. Museum in a Box can be sent to and collected from any educational institution within New South Wales.

Museum in a Box - Echidnas

Carl Bento © Australian Museum

Echidnas are monotremes that feed their babies on milk even though they do not have any teats. They are also different from placental mammals and marsupials because they lay eggs.

The Echidnas that occur in Australia are the Short-beaked Echidnas and they live in a great variety of habitats, from regions with winter snow to deserts. Their major requirement is a supply of ants and termites to eat. The Echidnas box contains an Echidna specimen and shows how their long sticky tongue works to collect and grind up food.

The Echidnas box was refurbished in 2011 and includes new information panels, books and teaching resources.


  • Echidna and puggle diorama
  • Touch specimens:
  • Spine - real
  • Front and back feet - cast
  • Moutparts - cast
  • Puggle and egg - cast

Teaching resources:

  • Information panels
  • Background information and activities
  • Teachers Guide
  • Books
  • Echidna puppet 


You can also follow Museum in a Box on Twitter

Karen Player , Manager Museum Outreach
Last Updated:

Tags monotreme, mammal, outreach, hands on,