An echidna crossing the path and burrowing into the leaves
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.
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...