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Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

The short-beaked echidna is a small spiney monotreme found throughout Australia and in areas of New Guinea. Like other monotremes (made up of other echidna species and platypus) they lay eggs rather than giving birth to live young, unlike all other mammal groups.

Echidna young are called puggles. Puggles are born looking nothing like their adult counterparts as they are blind and hairless. They feed on their mothers milk, which is actually pink in color due to the high iron content. 

  • 15 December 2012
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