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Echidna: A prickly loner


A sweet look at the camera - the first echidna in our picture gallery has mastered it perfectly - Image: Shutterstock / Les Scholz

If you want to see an echidna in its natural environment, you have to go to Australia, Tasmania or New Guinea, because the spiny mammals are very common there. But of course the funny guys are also pretty to look at in pictures!

A sweet look at the camera - the first echidna in our picture gallery has mastered it perfectly - Image: Shutterstock / Les Scholz Quite prickly: the echidna resembles the hedgehog, but is not related to it - Image: Shutterstock / Anthony COOPER As a loner you mainly meet the spiny mammal alone - Image: Shutterstock / Janelle Lugge Its spines are up to 60 millimeters long. Image: Shutterstock / teve Lovegrove They live wherever there is food for them - in parts of Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea - Photo: Shutterstock / Jeroen Visser Ants, termites and, depending on the species, earthworms: that is what feed on echidna best - Image: Shutterstock / Berit Ullmann You can hardly believe it, but echidnas are very good swimmers - Image: Shutterstock / Shuttergirl2013 Cozy: Echidna likes to rest in hollow tree trunks - Image: Shutterstock / worldswildlifewonders Rocky terrain is no problem for the skillful mammals - Image: Shutterstock / Milosz_M

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