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12-04-2017, 05:38 PM - 3 Likes   #31
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Bush rats (rattus fuscipes). A rather endearing indigenous Australian species.









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Common Brushtail Possum. K-3 + DFA 100 Macro WR.

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Continuing the Aussie theme.

Furry doesn't have to mean cuddly. The fur on the Australian Echidna has evolved into quite a good defence. Cuddle one of these little darlin's and you will need a few bandages.




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QuoteOriginally posted by pjv Quote
Furry doesn't have to mean cuddly. The fur on the Australian Echidna has evolved into quite a good defence. Cuddle one of these little darlin's and you will need a few bandages.
Great get Pete. It's not easy to photograph their furry faces. Most of the time what you see is this.


It's worth emphasizing how remarkable echidnas are. They are not related to hedgehogs or porcupines - the defensive quills are an example of convergent evolution. Echidnas are monotremes (like platypus) - that is, they lay eggs. They don't have a nipple - they feed milk to their young (which are called by the delightful name of "puggles") by secretions through pores. Like platypus, they have low body temperatures for mammals. When you see an echidna, you are looking at the model for the very beginning of mammal evolution.

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Great get Pete
Thank you Des, much appreciated mate.

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It's not easy to photograph their furry faces. Most of the time what you see is this.
Yes, I too had a few like that on the day..
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Time for a bump after 2 quiet months. Another Common Wombat. K-30 + DA-L 55-300.

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Another bump. This guy appeared at our place this week, pursuing a girl who was at the top of the tree. K-3 + FA*300 f4.5.

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While visiting Killarney Provincial Park back in 2013, we one day visited the Georgian Bay coastline. Let me excessively clear, I am not a fan of the snake-kind. So when the kids and I started walking out on a hot spit of rock it was a hair raising realization that the whole area was covered in long meaty Northern Watersnakes sunning themselves on the red rock. That said, being an intrepid photographer I could not resist a few shots.
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Late joining in to the party !
And here's a mink, taken by the roadside a little while back:
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And here's a mink, taken by the roadside a little while back:
Oops...I missed the furry bit ...sorry
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I've heard of a furry trout (a taxidermist's creation, said to inhabit the deepest, coldest reaches of Scottish lochs), but never a furry snake! Killarney also has Massasaugas, which are actually poisonous, though quite docile. There are lots of good snake shots in the reptiles thread:

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Driving back through Algonquin Park tonight, sometimes you have to stop/
This big guy drinking salt water fro, a roadside ditch.

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This guys seems harmless enough, back to the task at hand.
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