Field Notes - We spotted this echidna right beside the beach climbing the bank!
Field Notes - This Echidna coming from underneath the Homestead just before sunset.I think he took up residence here!! It is covered in fur and spines and has a long snout. It's a Short-beaked echidna with scientific name: Tachyglossus aculeatus of the Tachyglossidae family.
Field Notes - Helped him/her across the pronces hwy
Seen in the wild along the southern highway
Australia: Tasmania, Mount Field National Park, Lake Dobson Road, 940 m
Australia: Tasmania, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, King William Saddle, 820 m.
Tasmanian subspecies is larger, its fur longer, and thus spines more concealed than in Australian mainland form.
Beautiful large echidna feeding along roadside cutting
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...