Echidna together with the platypus, are the only extant mammals that lay eggs (order Monotremata).

Echidna together with the Platypus, are the only extant mammals that lay eggs (order Monotremata). Spines are modified hair

Absurd Creature of the Week: Forget the Platypus. The Echidna Is the True Champ of Weird

Absurd Creature of the Week: Forget the Platypus. The Echidna Is the True Champ of Weird

Absurd Creature of the Week: Forget the Platypus. The Echidna Is the True Champ…

Echidnas are cute!

Just a Reminder: Echidnas Are Pretty Cute

The name echidna refer to any member from three species of native ant-eating monotremes. Echidnas are unusual in that they are egg-laying mammals, they are equipped with spines (for protection) and have electro sensors in their bill.  Baby echidnas are called puggles.

The name echidna refer to any member from three species of native ant-eating…

This 'photo of an echidna because it was once my screen saver and also if your baby is called a puggle you have to be worth looking at

A curious Echidna. Also known as spiny anteaters, they belong to the Tachyglossidae family in the monotreme order of egg-laying mammals. These delightful creatures live in Australia and New Guinea.

Bulldozers are no match for Newman the baby echidna.

Bulldozers are no match for this baby echidna

Bulldozers are no match for Newman the baby echidna. Rescued by construction workers.

Quolls are and endangered species that eat echidnas, snakes, lizards, frogs, insects, mice, rabbits, and possums. Quoll numbers have decreased from deforestation. Now they are extinct in grasslands!

Quolls

The spotted-tailed Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) is a carnivorous marsupial native to mainland Australia, New Guinea, and Tasmania. It is primarily nocturnal and spends most of the day in its den.

The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is a semiaquatic mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. Together with the 4 species of echidna, it is 1 of the 5 extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth. The unusual appearance of this egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled naturalists. It is one of the few venomous mammals, the male platypus has a spur on the hind foot that delivers a painful venom.

The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is a semiaquatic mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. Together with the 4 species of echidna, it is 1 of the 5 extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth

Spot Platypus in the wild,  shy, elusive, easily frightened and creatures of dawn and dusk, the Platypus is notorious for being nearly impossible to spot in the wild...

Eungella Platypus

an average male platypus (a little dark) swimming in this manner (in water this color) ~ professional photography ~ artistic and awkward ~ PLATYPUS TRIBE ~ all aspects to this tribe including the people are balanced to my taste and represent the Era

Echidnas, sometimes known as spiny anteaters, belong to the family Tachyglossidae in the monotreme order of egg-laying mammals.

Some common Australian Animals

Western long-beaked echidna, sometimes known as spiny anteater, is an egg-laying mammal.

This little echidna is lucky to be alive after being found wandering down the middle of the street in Victoria, Australia. Megan Wilson first spotted the spiky creature and scooped him up and took him to the Healesville Animal Sanctuary.    Picture: Jay Town/Newspix / Rex Features (via Pictures of the day: 4 March 2013 - Telegraph)

Pictures of the day: 4 March 2013

This little echidna is lucky to be alive after being found wandering down the middle of the street in Victoria, Australia. Megan Wilson first spotted the spiky creature and scooped him up and took him to the Healesville Animal Sanctuary

ECHIDNA....aka the spiny anteater....a monotreme (egg-laying mammal)  found in Australia and New Guinea

aka the spiny anteater.a monotreme (egg-laying mammal) found in Australia and New Guinea

Echidna

Absurd Creature of the Week: Forget the Platypus. The Echidna Is the True Champ of Weird

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