At the Platypus House at Beauty Point, Tasmania, you’ll also find echidnas that have been found, often injured, and taken into captivity to lead a long, protected life.

The monotreme is covered in sharp quills, making it a good entry in Denzil’s Nature Photo challenge this week. The claws, rear ones facing backwards, are also sharp.

Apparently their sticky, long, bug-catching tongues are not sharp, but slippery.


    1. They are VERY cute. We sat down and they walked around us, their 20cm tongues flashing out when they saw insects. The handler said they form close relationships with the echidnas but had to be mindful of those spikes.

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