Tachyglossus aculeatus


Photograph by James Wood.

Photography contest, Honorable Mention.


Tachyglossus aculeatusshort-beaked echidna, or spiny anteater, wandering along the edge of the Jordan River, Midlands, Tasmania. One of Australia’s two native monotremes. Echidnas in Tasmania are somewhat hairier than individuals on the mainland and are recognized as subspecies setosus, one of five recognized subspecies.


What a cutie!

This just triggered a thought.

For the species to which Ken Ham, et. al. belong: Tachyglossus deceptus

One of my abiding memories of my trip to Australia many moons ago was my encounter with an echidna on Wilsons Promentary at the southern tip of the mainland. I was just taking a break to admire the view when the little creature came snuffling up around my feet. It curled up when it sensed my presence, but eventually realized there was no threat and went about its business – but not before I got some nice photos.

The abundance of wildlife in Australia is simply amazing (compared with the UK and suburban America, anyway) and in just three weeks of touring I think I saw more wild species than I had in 30 years of living in the UK.

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