Short Beaked Echidna – Kangaroo Island, Australia
We all know platypuses are mammals that lay eggs. Well, this is his less well known cousin the echidna. These are the only two types of mammals that actually lay eggs and they can both be found in Australia. Sorry, but don’t hold your breath for any platypus photos. I looked everywhere for those little buggers and never found one. Oh well, next trip. The cool thing that I like about this photo is if you look closely you can see the little termites exposed from the ripped open mound. Some locals call them spiny anteaters because they eat ants and termites. If I was a termite I would call them “Godzilla” because of the ferocious way they tear open an ant city. They are like little bulldozers with giant claws and full of determination. The spines on their back are very sharp and should be handled with leather gloves. I found this out the hard way when I moved one out of the middle of the road that had curled up into a ball.
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