Discussion in 'Other Animals and Invertebrate' started by Mick666, Aug 28, 2019.
just happened to cross paths with this little guy today.
Many years ago I was bow-hunting near Wyangala Dam and spotted 1 of these guys , I forgot about hunting and followed him for an hour
Isn't that a hedgehog?
Perhaps there's some superficial resemblance, but they're not at all related, it's not even a placental mammal. This is an Australian echidna (the OP was joking about it being a possum, although it's much more closely related to a possum than a hedgehog). These are quite amazing animals, they lay eggs and have a pouch in which their babies spend the first part of their lives after hatching. Their quills are much larger than a hedgehog's and the whole animal is larger.
Awesome. Thanks. I thought maybe hedgehogs were called possums over there or something. Looking into the echidna, they're also called anteaters and I thought it looked like one of them too. Sorry I didn't catch the sarcasm.
Sorry, I keep forgetting we have members from overseas on here. I probably should have mentioned what it actually was.
haha, anteaters are actually a completely separate animal. These guys are only found in Aus
Mobile ant hoover.
I found one in roaming about once when I was kid, we were camping near Mudgee .
Perfectly harmless unless you are a termite or an ant. Dad opened it's "pouch" and we saw two of the ugliest naked but somehow cutest little babies there.
We let it go and it soon unrolled and was waddling away into the undergrowth , none the worse for the encounter and I'd learnt something .
That's amazing, what a weird creature.It's not a mammal but it is warm blooded, it lays eggs but keeps the baby in a pouch, it doesn't have nipples but feeds the baby with milk from it's hair. Talk about contradiction .
They’re also immune to ticks
They are mammals, but not placental mammals. There are three groups of mammals; placentals (most mammals, including humans), marsupials (very rare outside Australia, but most native Australian mammals are marsupials) and monotremes (only three species).
What's the contradiction?
My eldest daughter with a young echidna named Spike.
I would have named it Fluffy.... but then that's just my twisted sense of humor.
huh, the more you know.
However, echidna's are not related to anteaters, despite being named so. Echidna's are monotremes, whereas anteaters are 'regular' mammals.
In fact, echidna's closest relative is a platypus!