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Echidna, Melbourne Zoo
Echidnas are known better as spiny anteaters, although they are not related to them, besides that fact that both anteaters and echidnas eat ants and termites. The echidna is found in parts of New Guinea and Australia.

The echidna has a long tongue around 18cm long that can whip in and out of its mouth at incredible speeds. This helps the echidna to forage for ants an termites.

The echidna was named after a monster in Greek mythology! The echidna can dig incredibly well due to its long claws, meaning that echidna are able to escape danger by digging straight down.

The echidna is a small mammal and the echidna has a long snout that acts as both the mouth and nose of the echidna. The echidna has no teeth and the echidna feeds by tearing soft logs apart and then using its long, sticky tongue to feed on the ants and termites that inhabit the log.

The echidna is a very special mammal and, along with the platypus, the echidna is the only other egg-laying mammal in the world. The echidna lays eggs that have a soft shell and are kept in the pouch of the female echidna until the eggs hatch in a couple of weeks. The young echidna remains in the pouch of the female echidna for around 50 weeks, when the baby echidna has grown spikes. The mother echidna then transfers the young echidna to a nursery burrow and returns every few days to feed the baby until it is around seven months old.

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"I could not find out were the enchinda lived :(I)"


"great that is good info to put on my projest"

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"my name is mackenzie and echidnas are awesome"

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Echidna Facts

Five groups that classify all living things...
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
A group of animals within a pylum...
A group of animals within a class...
A group of animals within an order...
A group of animals within a family...
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Tachyglossus Aculeatus
The animal group that the species belongs to...
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
35cm - 52cm (14in - 20in)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
4kg - 7kg (9lbs - 15lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
30km/h (18mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
15 - 40 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Brown, Black, White
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Favourite Food:Ants
The specific area where the animal lives...
Cool and dry forests
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Ants, Termites, Insects
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Human, Eagle, Dingos
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Long snout and spikes and curved claws

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