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Juvenile Echidna ( Tachyglossus aculeatus) Searching for food along a roadside. It was not worried about cars or me . I made it move into the bush area away from the road so that there was no chance of it getting killed on the road. Short-beaked echidna,Tachyglossus aculeatus Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Juvenile Echidna ( Tachyglossus aculeatus)

Searching for food along a roadside. It was not worried about cars or me . I made it move into the bush area away from the road so that there was no chance of it getting killed on the road.

    comments (4)

  1. Nice to see one of our little echidnas out and about - and thank you for lending a helping hand to keep it safe. Posted one year ago
  2. I was worried because it was absolutely not shy and just walked about without taking any notice of me or any passing car. Posted one year ago
  3. Awesome! And, such a good deed to try to keep it safe. Posted one year ago
  4. Thanks Christine. There is no way to do nothing when you are aware that it could get into trouble. Posted one year ago

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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
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Uploaded Sep 25, 2018. Captured Sep 24, 2018 18:15.
  • Canon EOS 700D
  • f/14.0
  • 1/1328s
  • ISO3200
  • 100mm