Kingdom : Animalia
                           Class : Mammalia
                        Family : Tachyglossidae
         Scientific Name : Tachyglossus 
                                        Aculeatus

                        Size(L) : 35cm - 52cm 
                                        (14in - 20in)
                        Weight : 4g - 7g 
                                        (9lbs - 15lbs)
                  Top Speed : 30km/h (18mph)
                   Life Span : 15 - 40 years

                       Colour : Brown, Black, White
                  Skin Type : Spiky
 Distinctive Features : Long snout and
                                       spikes and curved 
                                        claws
  1. Echidnas are small- sized mammals found in parts of New Guinea and Australia.
  2. They are also called spiny anteaters.
  3. Except for eating ants and termites, Echidnas and anteaters have nothing in common and are not related.
  4. Distinctively, they have spikes all over their body.
  5. They have a long snout which acts as their mouth as well as their nose.
  6. They have no teeth and feed by tearing down soft logs and consume the ants and termites on those logs.
  7. They feed on ants and termites through their sticky tongue.
  8. They have a long tongue which may be as long as 18cm and goes in and out of their mouths at incredible speeds.
  9. Their long claws make them excellent diggers and they are known to escape danger by digging straight down.
  10. They are unique and special as they are the only egg laying mammals along with the Platypus.
  11. The eggs of Echidna are soft shelled and are kept in a pouch inside the female.
  12. The eggs hatch after 2 weeks but the young echidnas continue to live inside their mother’s pouch for 50 weeks.
  13. The baby echidnas are transferred to a nursery burrow after they develop their spikes.
  14. They have an average lifespan of 15-40 years.

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