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Tachyglossus aculeatus

6 Short-beaked Echidna at Majura, ACT

Tachyglossus aculeatus at Majura, ACT - 26 Jul 2019
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Identification history

Tachyglossus aculeatus 30 Jul 2019 michaelb
Tachyglossus aculeatus 30 Jul 2019 JenniM

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Two were walking together, the other was foraging back and forth, eventually joining them on the other side of the log. They hid their faces under the log (not foraging).

4 comments

waltraud wrote:
   30 Jul 2019
Congratulation Jenni for your first contribution to CNM and what a beautiful sighting!
:)
   31 Jul 2019
Jenni winter is echidna breeding season, and what you were lucky enough to witness is an echidna train, where hopeful males follow a female. Trains can last for up to 6 weeks and I think the record number in a train is 11 animals, but 3 -4 is most common. When the female is ready she will stop near a bush and dig in a bit. Males then dig a donut shaped trench around her and push each other about to be the only (mating) male left in the trench.
waltraud wrote:
   31 Jul 2019
males are funny!
Waterwatch wrote:
   31 Jul 2019
How fantastic! I had no idea about that mating ritual but it would explain why I see so many around when I'm out doing platypus surveys in August! Thanks Jenni and thanks Michael for the insight!

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  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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  • 26 Jul 2019 12:02 PM Recorded on
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