Echidnas are small, solitary mammals covered with coarse hair and spines. One of only three monotremes found worldwide, Short-beaked Echidnas can be found widely distributed around Australia. They have very short, strong limbs with large claws, and are powerful diggers. Echidnas have tiny mouths and toothless jaws. Their tongue is approximately 18cms in length, allowing them to feed on insects deep in the hollows of trees.
In recent years Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has worked closely with University of Queensland researching breeding techniques with great success.