|Common Name||Short-beaked echidna, Spiny anteater|
|Range||Australia, Tasmania, New Guinea|
The short-nosed echidna measures 12 to 18 in long (30-45 cm) and the tail is around 3/8 in (1 cm). They typically weigh around 5.5 to 15 lbs (2.5-10 kg). Echidnas have no neck, their head joins at the shoulders.
Short-nosed echidnas prefer living in temperate forests, deserts, grasslands, and savannas.
Short-nosed echidnas are solitary creatures and are active both during the day and night, however, they may become inactive in unusually high or low temperatures.
Short-nosed echidnas prefer to feed on ants, termites, and worms, which they find with their keen sense of smell. It is possible that the echidnas sense electric signals with sensors on the ends of their long snouts.