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Echidnas: Tachyglossidae - Diet

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The short-beaked echidna feeds mainly on ants and termites, but varies its menu with beetles, and grubs, and the like. The animal forages (searches for food) usually by day, or in early morning and evening during very hot weather. It digs up soil, and tears open rotten logs and termite mounds to get at its food. The diet of a long-beaked echidna is almost entirely earthworms, but it varies its diet with insects. The long-beaked echidna feeds at night, poking around in the soil and the blanket of fallen leaves and other litter on the forest floor, sniffing for worms and insects.

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