Echidna / Spiny Anteater
Australian echidna / spiny anteater - IMG 8288
The Australian echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus), which is also known as a spiny anteater, is one of the world's most biologically unusual animals and It feeds primarily on termites that it extracts from their nests with a long thin tongue. The echidna and the aquatic platypus are the only two monotremes on the planet, and monotremes, for those who are unfamiliar with these fascinating creatures, are mammals that lay eggs rather than give birth to live young as other mammals, including humans do, and to add to its bizarre characteristics this amazing marsupial has a pouch in which its young develop until they become so spiny that their mother has no option other than to evict them. This echidna was photographed in outback Queensland.