Echidna facts: sort of like hedgehogs but not really | Animal Fact Files

Echidnas are egg laying mammals. Along with the platypus, the four living echidna species are classified in the monotreme order. Monotremes are mammals and thus produce milk for their young and create their own heat (along with other mammalian traits) but this unique mammals have a cloaca and lay eggs. Echidnas only lay a single egg during the breeding season, though they may have plenty of partners! Echidnas live in a wide variety of habitats from sea level to mountainous regions. They can live just about anywhere they can find food! These little animals come equipped with spines for defense which protects them from predators like dingoes, though they are still hunted by humans and are threatened by habitat loss as well as collisions with cars and other threats. Echidnas are able to enter low activity states - like hibernation - for upwards of two months at a time, though usually these states are shorter with periods of activity in between. Scientific Name: Family - Tachyglossidae Range: Australia and New Guinea Size: 15-37lb (7-17kg) Diet: ants, termites, earthworms, beetle larvae, etc. Lifespan: 40+ years You can learn more on: Twitter - Facebook - --- We always do what we can to be as accurate as possible, but we're only human; if you catch a mistake please let us know and provide a link for verification! --- All images, videos and sound effects used herein are 1) public domain, 2) used under a Creative Commons license, 3) used with the express permission of the copyright holder, or 4) used under the parameters of Fair Use law. Credits via Flickr: karen johns -;; Matt Ryall -; Cazz - Alan & Flora Botting - lin padgham - Brianna Laugher - Steve Bittinger - Colin J - Ed Dunens - Rod Waddington - Credits via Wiki Users: Gunjan Pandey -; Cretus - Other attributions: Peter Kuttner - Jane Hammond - Trevallan - Wendy's Place - Mel - Cowirrie - davidkrilamhauge - Ian R McCann - Websites used for research collection: This video is licensed under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license (*. *you can find information about all the different types of CC licenses here: **changes were made to the original Transcript: alugha Click here to see more videos:

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