Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Echidna



Just thought we'd answer a few comments from yesterday.
An Echidna is also known as a spiny anteater.
They are found all over Australia.
We occasionally see them where we live.
They are mainly solitary animals, 
so that photo of two in the snow is unusual
probably a male and female.
 They protect themselves by rolling into a ball
and digging a hole.
 Echidnas are the oldest living mammal (quote from Internet).
And one the world's two monotremes--egg laying mammals.
(The other is the Platypus.)

The babies are called puggles.
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Also, Australia has vast snowfields in the mountains, it's a popular ski area.
Some areas do get snow in winter, but usually we visit snow--it doesn't just fall on us.

36 comments:

  1. Why that is a sweet looking guy. Rolls up like a pill bug.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

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  2. Those echidnas are curious looking sort of like a porcupine with a long snout:)

    Snow - glorious snow - where are you when we need you???

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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  3. Those echidnas and puggles need nose jobs-just pointing out the obvious.

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  4. That is a really cool looking animal, for sure. Seems to have a great defense, too....I wouldn't want to play with him looking all poke-y like that!

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  5. use to see them all the time where we lived and and raised a couple through WiReS

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  6. adorables!!! Though..I don't thinks I'll be sniffin' his butt anytime soon....
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  7. I think I'll be keepin my distance - dey look pointy.

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  8. Thanks for educating us on a new creature and Australian snow. We Canadian pups can't even imagine an Australia with snow . . . .

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  9. Cute little critters aren't they.

    Aroo to you,
    Sully

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  10. You have such "cool" critters down dar.
    Wags,
    Ranger

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  11. Ha ha Puggles!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  12. Aw, lookit him! What a cute (and ouchie) little guy...make sure Dui steers clear if you see one, girls!

    Edgar and his mum

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  13. I appreciate you and I would like to read your next post. Thanks for sharing this useful information.
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  14. Puggles! Mom just died! You have the most fascinating animals on your continent...save for the snakes...and spiders...you can keep those.
    Wally & Sammy

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  15. Such exotic critturs. But you wouldn't be wanting to take a bite out of an echidna would you? Ouch.
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie.

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  16. They're kind of cute but they sure don't look soft enough to want to hold.

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  17. Oh many thanks for this post! I like that puggles and I wish I had one here what could eat all that ants in my back yard. Do they have that puggles while you have winter or is puggle-time when you have spring? Give me a sign when you need sweaters for the little guys :o)
    easy rider

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  18. Ha puggles...did you know here in the usa a dog that is half beagle and half pug is called a puggle also......stella rose

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  19. That is really interesting, thanks for telling us all about the Echidnas. Aww the baby is adorable.
    Lynne x

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  20. A face only another Echidna could love.

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  21. They are super cute little things - though not sure I would want to hold one with those sharp points. Thanks for showing us these little guys. I wasn't familiar with them.

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  22. OMD that thing is adorable. It's like a real pin cushion
    Lily & Edward

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  23. He is pretty cute, but I don't think I would want to cuddle with him(giggles).


    Ziggy Out!!

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  24. They are naked when born, eh? Thanks for answering questions! Interesting to see that are part of the normal scenery!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

    Pee Ess - Oreo's mom has challenged our mom! See details on mom's boring blog: http://10onceagain.blogspot.com/

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  25. Wow, those are some fun and amazing critters! Sorta like the porcupines I have here. Oh, those babies are weird! BOL
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Police Commish

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  26. Echidnas are some mighty odd mammals. I once had to know all about them for a biology course... and I still can't believe that some mammals lay eggs! Thanks!

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  27. They look scary. Sammie Jean would get a face full of quills cause she'd think it was a ball and try to bounce it. Very interesting.

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  28. Hmmm. They look both sweet and sassy, as my mom likes to say!

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  29. Awwww I think they r cute
    Retro rover

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  30. Howdy Mates. We love the echidna too. We didn't know their babies were called puggles. Just too cute. Hope your weekend is a good one. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

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  31. Great Scot what a wonderful informative post. We missed the earlier one but surely appreciate the update and info. Animals are truly amazing.
    OMDs mom saw her very first ground hog (in the flesh) while they were visiting their friends this week. It was so cute.
    Hugs madi and mom

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  32. What interesting critters you have over there.
    I would like to bark at them!

    Wyatt

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