BB554 - Sterling Silver
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The hole diameter of this bead is approximately 4.5 mm
This bead fits Pandora, Chamilia, Bacio, Biagi, Tedora, and Trollbead bracelets and necklaces.

Together with the Platypus, Echidnas are the world's only monotremes, or egg-laying mammals.
Echidnas are equiped with flattened front claws for digging and tearing open ant and termite mounds. This is why the Echidna is also known as the Spiny Ant-eater. The hind feet point backwards, and help to push the soil away when the animal is burrowing.
During the breeding season a female Echidna develops a simple pouch into which (by some contortion) she lays a single egg. The egg takes about ten days to hatch into a tiny jelly bean sized baby that is carried around in its mother's pouch for about three months until its spines develop. After that it is left in a burrow and the mother returns to feed it. The baby Echidna is suckled on a rich milk lapped up from the mothers fur.
When frightened an Echidna will curl into a ball, with its snout and legs tucked beneath it and its sharp spines sticking out.

 Artists  note
The natural ability to curl up in a ball as described above makes the Echidna a natural for a bead.
I think Echidnas have such intelligent looking eyes. They may be small, but packed with wisdom.
I'm told that
Echidna like creatures existed along side the dinosaurs so may be that's why.
When ever I do an Echidna I spend a lot of time getting the eyes right.

Also I learned somewhere that the part of the brain that is believed to be used for thinking is rather large in an Echidna ....... so what do Echidnas think about?

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