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Nocturnal echidnas

August 13, 2012

This Short-beaked Echidna was photographed recently on two separate occasions on a property on the Stony Creek at Kinglake West.

Echidna at night

Most people may be suprised to know that it is not uncommon for echidnas to be active at night especially in warmer weather.

It is however unusual  that he’s out wandering at night in the middle of winter as echidnas usually go into deep torpor and hibernation over winter to save energy and reduce metabolism.

Chris Cobern

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  1. Susan permalink
    August 13, 2012 10:56 pm

    may be he/she got wet and had to move?
    I wonder if any one else is like us and stops the car to ensure an echidna crosses the road safely or turn them toward a safe habitat?

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