Single specimen seen. Photo shows echidna in defensive pose, ie curled in a ball.
Purpose built platypus house showing platypus swimming below water.
Observed while bushwalking in SW Tasmania.
Given our experience with echidna butt the day before, we figured we wait out the next one we found. Sure enough, it eventually emerged and started poking around.
First echidna! Not much to look at, I know, and not that remarkable in the area, but we were psyched enough to see it crossing a side road that we had to turn around and investigate on foot. We found it hunkered down in this little embankment. Not quite a hole, just a slight concavity in the soil where it could bury its head and bare its spines.
A young one.
Single echidna spotted at the edge of a small dam on a hot day. It was digging around in the mud (I presume because the mud was cool). Looked calm. I watched it for approx. 5-10 mins before it walked away.
Solitary animal seen near path. Echidna (Tachtglossus aculeatus setosus).
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...