Short-Nosed Echidna Skull Replica


The Short-nosed Echidna, native to Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea, is a primitive mammal belonging to the order Monotremata. This species, along with the 3 long-nosed echidnas and platypus, are the only egg-laying mammals alive today.


Short-Nosed Echidna Skull Replica measures 4.3 inches. Short-Nosed Echidna Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in the USA. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

Short-Nosed Echidna or Tachyglossus aculeatus, sometimes known as spiny anteaters or Short Beaked Echidna, belong to the family Tachyglossidae in the monotreme order of egg laying mammals. Tachyglossus aculeatus or Montremata spiny, egg laying, anteater of Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea.

The Short-nosed echidna or Tachyglossus aculeatus is one of four living species of echidna and the only member of the genus Tachyglossus.

It is covered in fur and spines and has a distinctive snout and a specialized tongue, which it uses to catch its insect prey at a great speed.

Like the other extant monotremes, the short beaked echidna lays eggs; the monotremes are the only group of mammals to do so.

The Short-nosed echidna or Tachyglossus aculeatus has extremely strong front limbs and claws, which allow it to burrow quickly with great power. As it needs to be able to survive underground, it has a significant tolerance to high levels of carbon dioxide and low levels of oxygen.

The Short-nosed echidna or Tachyglossus aculeatus has no weapons or fighting ability but repels predators by curling into a ball and deterring them with its spines.

It lacks the ability to sweat and cannot deal with heat well, so it tends to avoid daytime activity in hot weather. It can swim if needed. The snout has mechanoreceptors and electroreceptors that help the echidna to detect its surroundings.

During the Australian winter, the Short-nosed echidna or Tachyglossus aculeatus goes into deep torpor and hibernation, reducing its metabolism to save energy. As the temperature increases, Short-nosed echidna or Tachyglossus aculeatus emerges to mate.

Female Short-nosed echidnas lay one egg a year and the mating period is the only time the otherwise solitary animals meet one another; the male Short-Nosed echidna or Tachyglossus aculeatus has no further contact with the female or his offspring after mating.

A newborn echidna is the size of a grape but grows rapidly on its mother’s milk, which is very rich in nutrients.

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Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 4.3 in
Short-Nosed Echidna Facts

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Monotremata
Family: Tachyglossidae
Genus: Tachyglossus
Species: T. aculeatus
Binomial name: Tachyglossus aculeatus
Conservation status: Least Concern