Echidnas are monotremes that feed their babies on milk even though they do not have any teats. They are also different from placental mammals and marsupials because they lay eggs.

Museum in a Box
Image: Carl Bento
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The Echidnas that occur in Australia are the Short-beaked Echidnas and they live in a great variety of habitats, from regions with winter snow to deserts. Their major requirement is a supply of ants and termites to eat. The Echidnas box contains an Echidna specimen and shows how their long sticky tongue works to collect and grind up food.

The Echidnas box was refurbished in 2011 and includes new information panels, books and teaching resources.


  • Echidna and puggle diorama
  • Touch specimens:
  • Spine - real
  • Front and back feet - cast
  • Moutparts - cast
  • Puggle and egg - cast

Teaching resources:

  • Information panels
  • Background information and activities
  • Teachers Guide
  • Books
  • Echidna puppet

A charge applies to loan the Museum in a Box program for 3 weeks. This charge covers booking, handling, maintenance and freight of the box to and from any school or education institution. Please ensure you read the risk assessment before you book. A tax invoice will be sent after you book.

$110 (incl. GST) per box for NSW regional schools, PSFP schools and NSW age care facilities.

$154 (incl GST) per box for Greater Sydney postcodes; 2250 - 2260, 2500 - 2526, 2555 - 2573 & 2745 - 2770

$182 (incl. GST) per box for Sydney Metropolitan schools and interstate organisations.

The Australian Museum applies the designation of Sydney Metropolitan to schools with postcodes up to and including 2234.

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