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   xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Oct 14 06:03 PM

October 14, 2008: Echidna Puggle

Wiki says;

Quote:
Echidnas and the Platypus are the only egg-laying mammals, known as monotremes. The female lays a single soft-shelled, leathery egg twenty-two days after mating and deposits it directly into her pouch. Hatching takes ten days; the young echidna, called a puggle, then sucks milk from the pores of the two milk patches (monotremes have no nipples) and remains in the pouch for forty-five to fifty-five days, at which time it starts to develop spines. The mother digs a nursery burrow and deposits the puggle, returning every five days to suckle it until it is weaned at seven months.


Weird, unique, ugly, it's got it all.


Cloud  Tuesday Oct 14 06:07 PM

full grown echidnas are pretty cute, but that baby . . .



BigV  Tuesday Oct 14 06:09 PM

For a recipe, see Eraserhead.



Pico and ME  Tuesday Oct 14 06:11 PM

It reminds me of this.



Sundae  Tuesday Oct 14 06:16 PM

Not ugly, no.
Vulnerable.
Gorgeous.

Oh, you meant the puggle
Yeah I did too.

How old is it at the cartoonish stage Bruce?



Aliantha  Tuesday Oct 14 06:40 PM

I was trying to figure out if that baby is a platypus or and echidna because it looks more like a platypus to me because of the 'beak' or snout. In my travels, I found the site below which I thought was interesting, and just goes to show that you can never trust wiki.

From here:

Quote:
A baby platypus is not called a puggle, which seems to be a common misconception. There is no official name for a baby platypus, but a common suggested name is "platypup".



Elspode  Tuesday Oct 14 07:26 PM

If I had something spiny growing in my pouch, I'd dig a hole and dump it in there, too.



ZenGum  Tuesday Oct 14 07:50 PM

Nothing to see here folks, move along.



BeltNah  Tuesday Oct 14 09:53 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aliantha View Post
I was trying to figure out if that baby is a platypus or and echidna because it looks more like a platypus to me because of the 'beak' or snout. In my travels, I found the site below which I thought was interesting, and just goes to show that you can never trust wiki.

From here:
All the photos are of an Echidna not a Platypus. A baby Echidna is called a Puggle.


Chocolatl  Tuesday Oct 14 10:20 PM

For some reason, every time I look at the picture in the top right, it reminds me of a cornish game hen.

I don't know if it's my monitor or my eyes playing tricks on me, but does the puggle have eyes and/or eyelids? It seems like there are just dark spots where the eyes should be...



newtimer  Wednesday Oct 15 02:17 AM

One of nature's perfect animals. It comes with lots of built-in toothpicks, which is convenient because barbecued echidna is so stringy!



Aliantha  Wednesday Oct 15 03:35 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by BeltNah View Post
All the photos are of an Echidna not a Platypus. A baby Echidna is called a Puggle.
Obviously a contentious issue then huh.


xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Oct 15 04:05 AM

Only for people that think that's not an Echidna.

http://www.faunarescue.org.au/echidna.html



ZenGum  Wednesday Oct 15 04:18 AM

That's not an echidna ...... This is an echidna.

Thanks for the set up, Bruce!




From Bruce's link:

Quote:
It is common to see echidnas blowing bubbles from their nostrils.



SPUCK  Wednesday Oct 15 05:12 AM

It does have everything!! Even a nice digital SLR Camera.



Leus  Wednesday Oct 15 08:42 AM

That's not a puggle, that's a mutant chicken.



sweetwater  Wednesday Oct 15 09:21 AM

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!



Sheldonrs  Wednesday Oct 15 09:30 AM

Looks more like an eKidney.



Shawnee123  Wednesday Oct 15 09:36 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigV View Post
For a recipe, see Eraserhead.


Seriously!


xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Oct 15 10:08 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Leus View Post
That's not a puggle, that's a mutant chicken.
That's not mutant chicken... this is mutant chicken.


Shawnee123  Wednesday Oct 15 10:09 AM

Mike the headless chicken ( I LOVE Mike the headless chicken!)

http://www.miketheheadlesschicken.org/story.html



BeltNah  Wednesday Oct 15 09:19 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aliantha View Post
Obviously a contentious issue then huh.
Wasn't trying to be a dick. Just clearing things up.


Aliantha  Wednesday Oct 15 09:38 PM

No worries matey. I didn't think you were, and I wouldn't know if you were right or wrong anyway. I was just pointing out that some websites suggest otherwise...and I wasn't even looking for that. I just thought that little baby looked more like a platy than an echidna, so I was trying to find out what it was. It's amazing what you learn by accident.



Diaphone Jim  Thursday Oct 16 03:14 PM

If anyone is still following:
Is the handler's skin problem from the echidna or is it likely to go the other way and cause trouble for the little critter?
I have always been amazed that echidnas have been successfully raised in captivity and so quite well studied as these pics show, but
the last time I looked into platypus stats, there have only been one or two successful breedings! Ever!



Pico and ME  Thursday Oct 16 04:39 PM

...freckles.

I think its freckles...



Aliantha  Thursday Oct 16 06:26 PM

Yes...someone seems to have a problem with freckles.

Personally, I think they're pretty cute.



Pico and ME  Thursday Oct 16 06:45 PM

Im dont get tan in the summer until all my freckles meet. I dont thinks its cute...:P



Aliantha  Thursday Oct 16 06:48 PM

Well, I understand that being the owner of a good number of freckles can be a chore, but honestly, people like me think you look nice.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Oct 19 02:38 AM

Platypus Babies




spudcon  Sunday Oct 19 08:28 PM

The picture on the right is a dolphin!



Razzmatazz13  Sunday Oct 19 10:15 PM

Platypii are so cuuuuuuuuute!! I've got like three stuffed animals that are platypuseses, such an odd animal to choose for a child's toy really.



ZenGum  Monday Oct 20 05:08 AM

Did you know that the platypus is the only mammal to produce venom?
The males have a spur on the inside of the hind leg which they use when fighting each other. The venom doesn't cause actual damage, but directly causes pain nerves to fire. To humans, it is non-fatal but extremely painful, and the effects gradually fade ... over two to three weeks.

And they can detect underwater electric fields using special sense organs in their snouts.

We used to kill them for their skins but they are now protected and are doing reasonably ok, at least by Australia's bad standards for mammal extinction.



Razzmatazz13  Tuesday Oct 21 12:48 AM

Yep, I did know that.
I think they're really wierd, freakin cool things. Though I'd never want to mess with one in real life, I'm happy to stick with my plushies.

(I read a lot)



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