Short-beaked echidna

• Nome científico: Tachyglossus aculeatus
• Classe: Mammal
• Hábitos alimentares: Insectivorous
• Status de conservação: Least concern


The Edna and Hud echidnas were transferred from the New Guinea Zoo. Since they arrived they help us to show the public how many different adaptations the animals had to survive in different environments.

Informações gerais:

It corresponds to one of the three mammals that lay eggs in the world, together with another species of echidna and the platypus. They are solitary, digging and nocturnal animals. Because they are nocturnal, the main way they feel the environment is through odors.


50 years.


These animals feed in a natural environment mainly of ants and termites, but can eat other invertebrates such as earthworms, beetles and moth larvae. At the São Paulo Aquarium they receive a baby food specially produced for them.


45 centimeters.


7 kilos.

Distribuição geográfica:

It is distributed throughout Australia, including Tasmania and New Guinea.


Although not yet considered threatened with extinction, the biggest threat to echidnas is hunting for the consumption of their meat and its use in rituals.


They are found in several types of open forest, cerrado, semi-arid and arid areas. Also found in agricultural areas.


During the breeding season several males follow a single female for a few weeks, but only one male is able to mate with the female. After a few days or weeks of mating, an egg is placed directly in the folds of the females skin that forms a pouch with the opening behind. Females do not have nipples, their milk is secreted by pores that are located inside the mothers pouch. The puppy is carried in the mothers pouch for about three months, and when it begins to develop the spines, it is ejected out of the pouch.

Localização no Aquário de São Paulo:

Australian Sector