Wildlife carers on the South Coast are asking drivers to take extra care with our spiky egg-laying marsupial friends out wandering earlier than normal this year because of warmer winter temperatures.
The cute creatures have been known to burrow down behind the tyres of would-be rescuers, and although shy, it's not uncommon to see one of the solitary wanderers lumbering happily across the paddock or yard.
A baby echidna is called a puggle and is born hairless and spineless but with formidable claws.
Echidnas are a wonderful part of our ecosystem and our South Coast landscape so take care and slow down. Call the Wires rescue hotline on 1300 094 737 if you come across an injured echidna.