The Echidna is featured as part of the Royal Australian Mint's innovative 'Land Series'. The series showcases animals
from the Australian bush and was intended for both seasoned and younger collectors. The
The Echidna is the oldest mammal on the planet. They can be found throughout Australia and in parts of New Guinea in a variety of environments including quite extreme temperatures. A number of subspecies have developed localised variations like denser fur to deal with their environment. (Wildcare Australia, 2017) Using their snout and long tongue the echidna forages for ants, termites, earthworms, and some beetles. (Office of Environment and Heritage, 2015) Although habitat loss, motor vehicles, and domestic cats and dogs pose a substantial threat to the echidna they are a highly resilient species and remain very common.
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