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This short stout ball of fur and spines is an anteater and the only one of its genus Tachyglossus. It has a short snout and the fore limbs are strong with claws to tear through dirt when required. The body is covered with spines and the backside has a ball of spines which helps deter predators.
Spotted in a nature reserve.
I have not been able to get a good shot of the head and snout until today. This little ball of spnes was on his own, waddling through the bush, searching and feasting on ants. The female lays a leathery egg which is deposited straight into her puch where the egg "hatches" and the hatchling, which is about 1.5 mm, develops. The newly hatched young are called "puggles". Order: Monotremata Subfamily: Tachyglossidae