Jun 16, 2008

Nature's Outdone Herself

The long-beaked echidna is a resident of New Guinea. A nocturnal, burrowing creature of around 20 lbs, the echidna dines on invertebrates and the female lays a single egg in her pouch--kind of like a hedgehog meets a platypus meets a wombat meets an anteater.

These creatures are so spikey, that though they do not have teeth, their very tongues are equipped with rows of spikes. It is also highly intelligent. Nature has outdone herself in the echidna.

Thanks for the photo, Ida.

Photo source: Sharenator


Bird said...

Is it just me or does this creature have particularly weird front limbs? I'm not trying to detract from it's weird face or body, how could I...

jenjen said...

She doesn't have nearly enough hair to pull off the spiky haircut. Tut tut.