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echidna

any of the spine-covered MONOTREME mammals of the family Tachyglossidae, found in Australia and New Guinea. They have a long snout and claws for digging out ants.

echidna

an Australian terrestrial anteater; a burrower with a long snout and tongue. A monotreme. Called also spiny anteater, Tachyglossus and Zaglossus spp. Includes long-nosed echidna (Zaglossus bruijni), short-nosed echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus).
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Acceleration-sensing instruments strapped onto short-beaked echidnas show they spend about 12 percent of their day excavating, researchers report in the Oct.
The second group, were perceived as "attractive" and "desirable" but "inappropriate" in an urban setting due to harm they faced (koalas, echidnas, wombats, platypus, tortoise).
Sunset over the bay at Allonnah, Bruny (main), the view from the Neck on Bruny Island (inset left) and some of the wildlife (inset above) - clockwise: a fairywren, a Bennett''s wallaby and an echidna
One group includes platypuses and echidnas, which look like a pincushion.
The spiny echidna (Zaglossus Attenborough), which dates back 150million years, has recently been sighted by tribes in the Cyclops Mountains of Papua New Guinea.
We have kookaburras, platypuses, kangaroos, echidnas, koalas, wombats, bats, wallabies, Tasmanian devils [like the one shown here] and bats.
The necessity of experience implies that you don't get an object like ECHIDNA (that is, a symbol referring to echidnas) in your head in the absence of any experience.
How Echidnas Are Born An echidna's egg is soft and leathery.
Over the past year, the RSPCA Wildlife Hospital in Brisbane provided care to more than 14,000 animals including native birds, possums, echidnas, koalas, kangaroos and snakes.
We regularly, but not frequently, have seen echidnas when walking or working in our bush and often have been alerted to their presence by the sound of their movement in dry undergrowth.
Butterflies dance and echidnas shuffle until they reach the riverbank where a crocodile is sleeping.