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Short beaked echinda, aka Spiny anteater

Tachyglossus aculeatus

Description:

Along with the platypus, echidnas are monotremes, who both lay eggs and express milk for their young. They are considered the most primitive of the mammals.

Habitat:

Dry sclerophyll bush land.

Notes:

Echidnas assume a defensive posture whenever they see people, so getting shots of their heads is very tricky.

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2 Comments

Latimeria
Latimeria 11 years ago

Man, I wish we had some monotremes in the US.

CynthiaMHori
CynthiaMHori 11 years ago

I wouldn't want to mess with those spines- great photo

lori.tas
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lori.tas

Tasmania, Australia

Spotted on Mar 18, 2011
Submitted on Mar 18, 2011

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