Echinda spotted in a Vasse Yallingup Siding vineyard

Vasse Yallingup Siding resident Jan McDonald was pleasantly surprised to find an echidna snooping about her garden.

Ms McDonald lives on a vineyard and the little creature had walked from the paddock across the road.

"It walked up the driveway and across the lawn, I took this photo while it was under a fig tree," she said.

"We followed the echidna through the vines, through some crown land then it crossed Vasse Yallingup Siding Road to a neighbours property.

"It was so unusual and just fascinating."

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions wildlife officer Pia Courtis said echidnas were found all across Australia but it was rare that people would get to see them.

"Unless we are out in forests, the most I have seen is in the Dryandra Woodland, it is unusual to see an echidna walking through a vineyard," she said.

"I would say it was looking for food at this time of year, they generally eat ants, earthworms, grubs and beetles.

"They do have a way of freezing if they get startled, people should keep their dogs away from them and a distance, the echidna should feel comfortable enough to move on."

Ms Courtis said they were interesting creatures that had reasonable sized home ranges and could travel quite a distance.

"In late winter the females moved about and the males followed them, it is called an echidna train," she said.

"When they have their young, they are egg laying, they go into their mother's pouch.

"Once the babies get spines the mothers will cache them in a burrow, which would occur around this time of year.

"If you see one it is best to just let them go on their way, sit back and appreciate them."