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Short beaked echinda, aka Spiny anteater

Tachyglossus aculeatus


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.


Dry sclerophyll bush land.


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

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Latimeria 11 years ago

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

CynthiaMHori 11 years ago

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

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Tasmania, Australia

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

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