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Short-Beaked Echidna

Tachyglossus aculeatus

Description:

Just a youngster - The body, with the exception of the underside, face and legs, is covered with cream coloured spines.

Habitat:

Eucalypt regrowth forest

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6 Comments

CharliePrice
CharliePrice 6 years ago

Echidna's have always been my life long favorite animal , so i am thrilled to have them featured as a PN Fact of the Day :) thankyou so much

Nice Fact of the Day Charlie!

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 6 years ago

Congrats! This spotting has been featured as a PN Fact of the Day!

https://www.facebook.com/projectnoah/pho...

Project Noah Fact of the Day: This furry, spiny creature is one of the few mammals that lays eggs. It is an echidna and belongs, along with the platypus, to the very primitive group of mammals called monotremes. There are 4 species of echidna and all are found either in Australia or on one of the nearby islands of New Guinea, Kangaroo Island, Tasmania and some islands in Bass Strait. They are insectivores and feed on the eggs, pupae and winged phases of many insects and also eat some other invertebrates. They are selective about the types of ants and termites they target because as some secrete repulsive liquids.

Short-Beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) spotted in Tasmania, Australia by PN user CharliePrice:

http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/107...

CharliePrice
CharliePrice 6 years ago

Yes Muckpuk...whilst bushwalking , actually seen 2 ..they are only juveniles , leaving their den at this time of year here and finding their own food without mum .

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 6 years ago

Fantastic spotting!

Muckpuk
Muckpuk 6 years ago

Wow!
Did you just bump into one??? Amazing!

CharliePrice
Spotted by
CharliePrice

Devonport, Tasmania, Australia

Spotted on Dec 8, 2014
Submitted on Dec 8, 2014

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