Visto en el camino a Mildura, atropellado por un vehiculo
Unfortunately we couldn't get a good shot of it, but hopefully you can tell it's a platypus. Since they're rare, not sure if I'll get another chance to get a good photo but I can't not have this in the collection.
Working on a project in the Dendenong Ranges monitoring platypus population levels. Fount this guy (the oldest known male platypus in Australia) and a few others.
It was among rocks next to a creek in outer suburbia.
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...