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Echidnas Have a Nose for Ecological Engineering

Echidnas move in the wild at an average speed of 1.3 km/h

Echidnas move in the wild at an average speed of 1.3 km/h, with a maximum speed of only 2.3 km/h.

By Christine Cooper

Activity loggers have revealed that echidnas turn over 200 cubic metres of soil each year, making them one of Australia’s most important remaining ecosystem engineers.

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