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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.

Museum in a Box
Image: Carl Bento
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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

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