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Echidna mating season

September 19, 2011

This photo, taken in early August at a property on Spring Valley Road, Flowerdale, appears to show a female Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) surrounded by three males. During oestrus she may be followed for several days by the males. It is unclear whether she mates with more than one male, but after copulation she has no further contact with the males. She will lay only a single leathery-shelled egg.

Click HERE to see a previous post on echidnas at Flowerdale.

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