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Echidna - Gardening Australia

aka the spiny anteater.a monotreme (egg-laying mammal) found in Australia and New Guinea

The echidna has spines like a porcupine, a beak like a bird, a pouch like a kangaroo, and lays eggs like a reptile. Also known as spiny anteaters, they’re small, solitary mammals native to Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea. They’re usually between 12 and 17 inches long and weigh between 4 and 10 pounds.

The Creature Feature: 10 Fun Facts About the Echidna

The echidna has spines like a porcupine, a beak like a bird, a pouch like a kangaroo, and lays eggs like a reptile. Also known as spiny anteaters, they’re small, solitary mammals native to Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea. They’re usually between 12 and 17 inches long and weigh between 4 and 10 pounds.

Absurd Creature of the Week: Forget the Platypus. The Echidna Is the True Champ of Weird

Absurd Creature of the Week: Forget the Platypus. The Echidna Is the True Champ of Weird

Absurd Creature of the Week: Forget the Platypus. The Echidna Is the True Champ…

Baby Echidna Portrait

Baby Echidna Portrait

This animal wall art is a giclee print of Brett Blumenthal's original portrait of a baby echidna. The anteater is a perfect fit for any Aussie Outback nursery.

Bulldozers are no match for Newman the baby echidna.

Bulldozers are no match for this baby echidna

Bulldozers are no match for Newman the baby echidna. Rescued by construction workers.

Echidna with a Face Full of Ants

Short-beaked echidnas can be hard to photograph because they spend most of the day with their faces buried in the ground searching for ants and other delicacies

Echidna Baby (known as a Puggle).  Echidnas belong to a group of egg-laying mammals called monotremes, which are found only in Australia & New Guinea. Their defense is their spiny coats. If their spines aren’t enough to keep them safe, Echidnas use their powerful claws to dig themselves into the earth, disappearing like a sinking ship. At Australia's Taronga Zoo. #ZooBorns

Newman the baby echidna puggle makes a remarkable recovery at Taronga Zoo, after being seriously injured when its burrow was dug up by a bulldozer.

‘Echidna 3 (The Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)’ by Normf

Echidna- spiny insectivorous egg-laying mammal with a long snout and claws, native to Australia and New Guinea. This is one of only two mammals that lays eggs.

Echidna- spiny insectivorous egg-laying mammal with a long snout and claws, native to Australia and New Guinea. This is one of only two mammals that lays eggs.

“We'd like to introduce Randall, a short-beaked echidna at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary near Hobart, who recently posed for @bernadette.camus. Together with…”

“We'd like to introduce Randall, a short-beaked echidna at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary near Hobart, who recently posed for @bernadette.camus. Together with…”

This is a Quokka, happiest thing on the planet

This is a Quokka, happiest thing on the planet

The quokka is said to be the happiest animal in the world! Technically you can't own one as a pet unless illegal exotic animal smugglers are involved. And such things are frowned upon.

Echidna - They are spiny, but they are not related to porcupines or hedgehogs and are very different (they lay eggs, develop pouches for their babies, and use their long sticky tongues to feed on ants and termites).  Their closest living relative is of course the platypus.  Monotremes are of great biological interest, as they are the only mammals that lay eggs as well as having true mammalian hair and suckling their young with milk, and share various other oddities.

Echidna - They are spiny, but they are not related to porcupines or hedgehogs and are very different (they lay eggs, develop pouches for their babies, and use their long sticky tongues to feed on ants and termites). Their closest living relative is of course the platypus. Monotremes are of great biological interest, as they are the only mammals that lay eggs as well as having true mammalian hair and suckling their young with milk, and share various other oddities.

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