echidna - spiny anteater
Echidna D669E - The echidna is one of the most fascinating and unusual of the wild animals found in Australia. It is commonly referred to as a spiny anteater, due to the fact that its diet consists primarily of termites. It is also often called a porcupine, although it is unrelated to this other spiny creature. The most amazing characteristic of the echidna is that it is a monotreme - an egg laying mammal - and has a pouch in which its young are carried until their ferocious spines develop. This echidna was photographed in the wild among rocks in the photographer's sprawling bushland garden.