Sand river at Wooramal station
Cruising across a mining road.
echidna enjoying feast in soft sandy soil along roadside
Echidna at the Morialta Resource Centre
Short-beaked Echidna at Caversham
Duck-billed Platypus at Sydeny Sea Life Aquarium
Tachyglossus aculeatus (Shaw, 1792) (Short-beaked Echidna), Mt. Ainslie, Canberra, ACT, 25 December 2007
Several families of wild Platypus live at the Tarzali Aquaculture Center. Because they are well protected here and relatively used to people, they are more often seen during the day than at other known locations. We camped on the grounds and a few individuals swimming in the morning light.
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...