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The echidna is an extremely ancient species surviving on Kangaroo Island where it has few natural enemies. Echidnas lay eggs and carry their young in a pouch.

They can be frequently seen on farms and in open scrub. When disturbed in the open the echidna tends to stand still and curl into the ground until convinced its camouflage is ineffective, when it leaves the scene in a dignified waddle.

As its diet consists mainly of ants and termites, the echidna is always a welcome visitor to an apiary site.