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Featured Animal: Short-beaked Echidna

Meet our featured animal, the short-beaked echidna (e-KID-nuh)!

short-beaked echidna

Here are five fun facts about short-beaked echidnas:

  • Echidnas are monotremes, or mammals that lay eggs.
  • Similar to reptiles, echidnas’ legs protrude outwards and then downwards, resulting in a waddling effect when they walk.
  • The echidna has a pointy snout that can sense electrical signals from insect bodies.
  • Echidnas do not have teeth, but they do have horny pads in their mouths and on the back of their tongues which grind the prey.
  • Baby echidnas are called puggles!

Learn more about short-beaked echidnas >

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