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Echidna or Spiny Anteater

This little marsupial paid us a visit. They lay a single egg which is deposited into a pouch. It hatches in 10 days, and the baby, about the size of a jellybean, is hairless. The mother has no nipples and milk for the baby exudes through pores in the mother's skin. The baby leaves the pouch at about 2 - 3 months when it grows spines, and is then kept in a burrow, where they continue to be fed until about 6 months old. Their diet is mainly ants and termites, but will eat grubs, larvae and worms.
Echidna or Spiny ant eater, we moved it to a safer area after this photo shoot
Echidna or Spiny ant eater, we moved it to a safer area after this photo shoot
Echidna or spiny anteater in our yard
Echidna or spiny anteater in our yard
Echidna or Spiny Anteater, it can smell us but not see us
Echidna or Spiny Anteater, it can smell us but not see us
Echidna or Spiny anteater, heading towards my feet.
Echidna or Spiny anteater, heading towards my feet.
Echidna - Up close and personal.
Echidna - Up close and personal.
Echidna - I'm not sure about this.
Echidna - I'm not sure about this.
Echidna - This is a little tricky.
Echidna - This is a little tricky.
Echidna - Foo?
Echidna - Foo?
Echidna - did I hear something?
Echidna - did I hear something?
Echidna - a neat set of spines.
Echidna - a neat set of spines.
Echidna - This feels a little strange.
Echidna - This feels a little strange.
Echidna - What's this?
Echidna - What's this?