Short Beaked Echidna – Kangaroo Island, Australia   14 comments


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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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14 responses to Short Beaked Echidna – Kangaroo Island, Australia

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  2. Great photo. I have a couple of echidna shots from not far from my home in the Australian Capital Territory (Canberra) and I also have some good platypus shots. Like you, I am putting up a shot a day, so if you want to see some of my wildlife shots from down here, please feel free to follow my page. I will get to putting up some platy’s soon. I never shoot captive creatures, only as I find them in the wild. I think your photos are great, so I am happy to have found your page.

  3. Love this portrait of a wonderfully bizarre creature!

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  5. Yay monotremes!

  6. great texture ( and that little face!)

  7. What a strange looking creature! Amazing photo, though! :)

  8. What an interesting looking creature–quite cute! You really captured those quills–ouch!

  9. I love it!
    It looks like that guy:gal has a mane of spikes.
    Thumbs up.

  10. When I found one in the middle of the road,
    I rounded him (?) with my handkerchief and holding on the corner of it.
    Then walked into a bush and put him off to the ground.
    (though, they are very territorial animal. I had no idea whether it was a
    right place for him —– yet better than in a middle of traffic)

  11. Poor little guy he is so ugly!

  12. That’s a good one.

  13. Cute lil critter!

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