This was the third Echidna we saw, a joy to watch as it lumbered across the road, and then when I photographed it, it hunkered down beneath its stiff quills, actually thick hairs! The Echidna is also called a Spiny Anteater.
Seen in the wild at the margin of a eucalyptus forest.
I came upon these four echidnas nestled up together beside a log. I've never seen this many echidnas in the one place before!
The smallest and darkest one I've seen. Speeding (for an echidna) along through the lakeside grass. Made a big hole with its face at the base of a tree and snuffled bugs out of it for a long time.
It walked across the road and then I was able to find it in the scrub a short distance away.
Fine adult specimen, foraging in the early morning at Gowrie Park.
Digging for ants on side of federal hwy off ramp
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...