I was walking on the Overland Track when I spotted this little guy. When he saw me, he quickly went into this defensive pose.
Field Notes - echidna his guy found an ants nest.stokes bay Kangaroo island
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I was surprised to encounter this echidna trundling across the bush path. I had no idea there were echidnas in this small patch of urban bush.
Monotremes (from the Greek μονός monos "single" + τρῆμα trema "hole", referring to the cloaca) are mammals that lay eggs (Prototheria) instead of giving birth to live young like marsupials (Metatheria) and placental mammals (Eutheria). The only surviving examples of monotremes are all indigenous to Australia and New Guinea, although there is evidence that they were once more widespread. Among living mammals they include the platypus and four species of echidnas (or spiny anteaters); there is...