They are really unusual mammals as they lay eggs!


In the Perth region the only monotreme repesentative is the Short-beaked Echnida (Tachyglossus aculeatus).  They are probably more common in the bush than seen.


Echidna at Dryandra

The best place to see them is Dryanda Woodland – about 2 hours out of Perth – a stronghold for many other marsupials.   Another location is Boyagin Nature Reserve.

I have also seen them by chance in the Perth Hills and near the Julimar State Forest.


Echidna near Julimar State Forest – yes it is one hidden in there!

Echidna are found throughout most of Australia.  In PNG there are 3 other long-beaked species in the genus Zaglossus.  

The only other monotreme species is the Platypus Ornithorhynchus anatinus found on the east coast of Australia – not on the west coast.