Dana With Echidna (“Australian Porcupine”) in Western Australia


A family traveling through Halls Creek, Western Australia was selling this large echidna for petrol (gas) money. They had caught it some 1000 km south near Alice Springs. They were asking $200 for it.  Some families in the region keep echidnas as pets, though this is illegal. I managed to talk them down to $50. My hosts gave it food and water, then released it into echidna habitat near Halls Creek.