Thursday, October 22, 2009

South Coast Echidna

With warming weather, many animals have been making an appearance.

One of these is the Echidna.

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This egg laying marsupial mammal is classed as a monotreme, the other is the Platypus.

Both are only found in Australia.

The offspring, usually one, is called a "Puggle" and it is carried in its mothers pouch until too spikey. When this happens the mother will dig a shallow hole, place the youngster in it, and return every few days to supply milk.

They can live up to 45 years eating termites and ants.

I saw many of these creatures while in Victoria recently, ranging all the way to Bermagui where I live.

Take care if you are driving through wild habitats at the moment, as Echidna seem to be out in great numbers, along with a variety of reptiles and kangaroos.

Your local area will have wildlife protection organisations that rescue injured animals and it makes sense to program this number into your mobile.

2 comments:

  1. Hi David
    I saw one on the weekend, myself.
    Liked your sound effects of rustling sounds of dry leaves.
    Cheers
    Denis

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  2. Hi Denis,
    No sound effects on that one, other than what went on :)
    I was sitting 450mm from the Echidna in tick infested leaf litter to get those shots.
    That was after tracking him some 100 through snake infested grassland.
    I love my work :)
    Cheers,

    David

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