It was among rocks next to a creek in outer suburbia.
walking across road
SRA Sitecode 67282
A particularly furry one. Front & back ends.
Spotted it crossing the road and stopped for a look. Smaller individual, with relatively lightish fur. Didn't notice at all at the time but there's some nice trumpet-shaped lichen on the log in the lower right.
Seen crossing road in front of car before heading into low scrub. Spines can be seen in photo.
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...