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Short-beaked echidna

Tachyglossus aculeatus

Description:

The short-beaked echidna is covered in fur and spines, and has a distinctive snout and a specialized tongue, which it uses to catch its prey at a great speed. Like the other extant monotremes, the short-beaked echidna lays eggs; the monotremes are the only group of mammals to do so.

Habitat:

Bushland

Notes:

This fellow was quite curious and not in too much of a hurry to leave.

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8 Comments

Mr.Swift
Mr.Swift 8 years ago

Yeah, definitely one of my favourite :) I love finding them! This one found me - which is even more special. I have a video which I'll try and put up soon.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Very cool indeed :)

AshleyT
AshleyT 8 years ago

This is really cool!!

lori.tas
lori.tas 8 years ago

Great. I rarely get to see their faces as they are too busy digging in.

DDO
DDO 8 years ago

fantastic

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Precious...

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 8 years ago

What a darling :) Fantastic spotting!

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 8 years ago

Cute and nice spotting!
It's interesting to know that they lay eggs even though they are mammals. :)

Mr.Swift
Spotted by
Mr.Swift

Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Spotted on Nov 12, 2012
Submitted on Nov 13, 2012

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