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Australian animals - The Echidna

Posted by
: Helen : (ATM Helen is photographing in, Australia) on 13 October 2014 in Animal & Insect.

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This photo is of an Echidna. The Echidna is a Monotreme like the Platypus and another of Australia's curious animals. A Monotreme is a warm blooded marsupial, that suckles its young, but it also lays eggs.
The Echidna, known locally as the Spiny Anteater, is covered in spines to defend itself from predators.

The Echidna minds its own business. It spends its day digging in the ground with its long sharp claws, searching for meals of ants, worms and insects sweeping them up with its sticky tongue. If frightened, an Echidna will dig into the ground or curl itself into a ball so the spines protect its body.

The female echidna lays one egg in and keeps it in her pouch. When the egg hatches the young (called a puggle) are born blind and hairless just like the wallabies, kangaroos and koalas. They then lick secreted milk in the mother's pouch until the spines develop and it then leaves the pouch to stay in a burrow until mature.

If you would like to understand more about this animal, you might enjoy this film. CLICK HERE

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 1/160 second F/4.0 ISO 125 200 mm

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Devi from Chennai, India

What a cute ball like animal!! And what tiny face he has !!! The claws look pretty big!!! Thank you Hele...for yet another lesson in Natural Science and Wild Life:)))))

13 Oct 2014 6:01am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

I like this soft animal, lol lol lol

13 Oct 2014 10:37am

pcpanik from Hemer, Germany

Very nice!

13 Oct 2014 7:50pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

so cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute! :)
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very nice portrait!
L O V E L Y !!!!

13 Oct 2014 11:16pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France

superbe

14 Oct 2014 6:30am

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Stunning !!! Great capture !! Splendid Nature !!

3 Nov 2014 11:11pm

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Fabulous creatures by Josep