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Calling All Passionate Echidna Spotters!

Do you have a property where you know echidnas live?
We want your help! 

We have been working hard creating the molecular techniques to analyse the DNA and hormones within the scats. DNA is quite robust and so it is easier to analyse. Hormones, however, degrade fairly quickly when left out in the environment and so we are hoping to combat this with some very dedicated citizen scientists.

Echidna breeding season is between July-September but when exactly they start and stop breeding depends on where they live. By measuring hormones like testosterone we can get a better understanding of their breeding patterns across the country – but we need the scats to be as fresh as possible! And we need to collect them now.

We are looking for people who:
  1. Have a property or an area that they are able to closely observe
  2. Can collect and freeze all echidna scats from July to end of September
  3. Monitor property every few days to make sure scats are as fresh as possible
Sign up to be a part of The Big Scat Hunt here.
And download the Collection Sheet here.

During The Big Scat Hunt:

ALL echidna scats are valuable at this time of year - breeding season! This is the first time since EchidnaCSI has been running that we will be able to capture the material from echidnas in their breeding season. You may even be lucky enough to see an echidna train! Where one female is followed by several males trying to be the lucky one to mate with her! 

So even if you aren't getting involved in The Big Scat Hunt - your echidna scats are important!

Plus if you've never seen an echidna before in the wild then THIS is the best time of year to be looking out for them.

For more information about The Big Scat Hunt or EchidnaCSI head to our wesbite here.

And please spread the news!

Reminder of what an echidna scat looks like

  • Long and cylinder
  • Thickness of 5 or 10 cent coin
  • Dry texture
  • Full of ant and termite exoskeletons
  • May be less solid during winter
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