The Tasmanian Echidna was once considered a separate species but is now placed as a subspecies, T. aculeatussetosus. This subspecies is larger than it's mainland cousins and also has fewer and shorter spines . Often the spines do not protrude above the fur. Colour can range from honey brown through to an almost black form which is found in some areas of the west coast. While in warmer parts of Australia it is considered to be nocturnal, here in Tasmania, particularly on cooler days, it can often be seen foraging during the day.
Genus/species: Tachyglossus aculeatus
Echidna in the dunes at Preminghana
Echidna at Welcome River showing only a few spines.
An Echidna in my backyard digging in.
The same echidna later in the day
Digging in again - It's getting dark here so picture quality of low but I liked the way it looked up to see if I was still there.