Day 17

Short-beaked echidna. Photo: Andrew Hughes.
Photo: Andrew Hughes

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Echidna in Tasmania

As we were riding along Wilfy spotted an echidna walking along the side of the highway. Stopping quickly we watched as it continued to nuzzle into the soft ground looking for ants to eat. It had buzzies (that’s the common name for a type of plant here that has a barbed seed that ‘sticks’ to animal fur and human clothing) all over it but didn’t seem in the least concerned!

There are four species of echidna in the world and three of them are found only in Papua New Guinea. That leaves the Australia with one species spread across the continent. But apparently Tasmanian echidnas are a bit bigger than the mainland ones. The Tasmanian Parks and Wilflife website has a good fact sheet on them if you want to find out more.

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