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Transcript of ECHIDNAS
FACTS ABOUT ECHIDNAS
Echidnas grow to be 40 cm long
They weigh around 8kg
A baby Echidna is called a puggle.
the baby is bor hairless and spineless - but with formidable claws. Ouch!
As the puggle grows it develops it's covering of fur and spines.
After two months the mother will evict the baby out of it's pouch - it can't be much fun carrying something all spiky around.
Facts about Echidnas
The echidna belongs to a special group of mammals called monotremes, which are animals that lay eggs but feed their babies milk. There are only three species in this group, two of them are echidnas the third is a platypus.
Echidnas are found throught Australia and shelter mostly in logs.
Echidnas are covered in hair and spines
They have long sticky tongues to catch termites and ants.
When they are chased they dig themselves into the ground at an amazing speed.
These are some Echidna images:
During the mating season a female can attract a following of as many as a dozen males. Her eager suitors follow in a procession and will push and shove for a chance to mate with her.
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