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The short-beaked echidna is one of four living species of echidna and the only member of the genus ''Tachyglossus''. The short-beaked echidna is covered in fur and spines and has a distinctive snout and a specialized tongue which it uses to catch its prey at a great speed. Like the other extant monotremes, the short-beaked echidna lays eggs; the monotremes are the only group of mammals to do so.

This echidna has extremely strong front limbs and claws due to its mechanical advantage which.. more

Similar species: Egg-laying Mammals
Species identified by Martin Lagerwey
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By Martin Lagerwey

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Uploaded Sep 3, 2016. Captured Oct 27, 2013 15:54 in Bayview Track, Lysterfield South VIC 3156, Australia.
  • Canon EOS 450D
  • f/4.5
  • 1/197s
  • ISO200
  • 100mm