Echidna is a mammal-Echidnas have long, sticky tongues

Echidna is a mammal-Echidnas have long, sticky tongues

Echidna

Echidna

Echidna Facts

 

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.

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