Australian Wildlife

Australian Monotremes

FAMILY : Echidna

Short-beaked Echidna
(Tachyglossus aculeatus)
Short-beaked Echidna
The Short-beaked Echidna has a long sticky tongue for catching ants and other insects. It is a monotreme - that means it lays eggs. The prickly coat gives it protection - much like a hedgehog or porcupine. Has strong claws for digging and tearing... Click to continue>

FAMILY : Platypus

(Ornithorhynchus anatinus)
The Platypus has short legs and a flat streamlined body. It has distinctive duck bill and webbed feet to assist swimming. The male has a 1.5cm long venom spur on the hind foot. The platypus has thick waterproof hair - dark brown on its back and... Click to continue>

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