Echidna is a mammal-Echidnas have long, sticky tongues
Echidna is a mammal belonging to monotreme family that produces milk and also lays eggs. These are found all over Australia and are mostly nocturnal.
- Echidna is called the Ant Eater.
- These mostly eat ants and termites.
- The tongues of Echidna are very long and are sticky that enables to catch the prey easily.
- Though these lay eggs, since they produce milk for the younger ones, these are recognized as mammals.
- There are many sub species in Echidnas.
- Short snout echidna of Australia and long snout echidna in Papua New Guinea are the important species.
- Depending on the types, echidnas weigh from 2 to 17 kilograms.
- Echidnas have no teeth and they crush the insects between pads in its mouth.
- Feet of echidnas have sharp claws that help in digging.