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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Long Beaked Echidna

The Western Long-Beaked Echidna (Zaglossus bruijni) is one of the four extant echidna and one of the subspecies of echidna that occur in New Guinea.This echidna is present in New Guinea, in regions of elevation above 1300 m and up to 4000 m, it is absent from southern lowland and north coast.Not like the short beaked one that eat ants and turmites,the long beaked eat earthworms.The long beaked is larger than the short beaked up to 16,5 kg.The species is listed in endangered list by IUCN, numbers have been decreased by reduced habitat due to human activities and hunting.Altough the hunting has been banned by the goverment of Indonesia and New Guinea, the traditional hunting is permitted.Platypuses and Echidna are the only known mammal species to lay egg.


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