Real Echidna Spine Earrings
Hand made by Dr Peggy with sterling silver ear hooks. Length of longest spine is about 38 mm
The spines of the echidna are modified hair’s As such they periodically shed and are replaced, like human hair. The luster of spines comes from the natural oils in the skin. To keep your spines ‘alive’ gently rub them between your fingers occasionally With the purchase of this item you are supporting conservation and research Echidna Care. Collection permit no K 16725-22
Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)
The short-beaked echidna is a monotreme, an egg-laying mammal. It inhabits a variety of ecosystems in Australia and Papua New Guinea. Echidnas have disappeared from many parts of their natural range. Echidnas can live for 50 years and keep their baby (called a puggle) in a pouch, then a burrow as it gets bigger, feeding it only every couple of days. They should not be moved from their home range, as you could be leaving a puggle to starve.