Sunday, 2 February 2020

Echidna, Freycinet National Park

On our way to Friendly Beaches today we came across this wonderful echinda. They really are one of my favourite mammals, how can you not love that face? Tasmanian echidnas have a lot more fur than their mainland cousins, probably because Tasmania is a lot colder and frequently gets snow.

Hard to believe perhaps, but this is the closest living relative to the platypus. They both belong to the group of mammals known as monotremes which are unique amongst mammals in that they lay eggs and do not give birth to live young.

This animal was about 45cm long.

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