This Echidna is either
drinking brackish water near the ocean or hunting for
Echidnas have long bills
and spine-like hairs on their back. The undercoat is
thicker on Echidnas which live in colder
backward-facing rear feet. These are ideal for their
If alarmed, an Echidna
can quickly dig down into sand or soil leaving only a
ball of spines exposed to would-be predators.
Once any sign of danger
has passed, an Echidna quickly returns to
Echidnas don't see very
well, even when not covered with sand.
Here you can see that
the Echidna's rear feet face backwards.
Despite being relatively
small, Echidnas are expert at climbing over a
surprising variety of surfaces and terrains.
Echidna's probe sand,
soil, and rotten wood seeking bugs to eat.
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