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Echidna

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Echidna

  1. 1. EchidnaTachyglosside Spiny Ant Eater
  2. 2. An Echidna is a Monotreme  Egg laying mammal
  3. 3. Diet  Ants  Termites  Grabs  Larvae  Worms  Sense electrical signals from insects  Uses claws to dig & exposes insects  Licks them up with his long sticky tongue
  4. 4. Description  Coarse hair  Longer hair which are creamy colour are spines – 5cm long  30 -45cm long  2 – 5 kg  Short legs with long claws  Pointy snout  Tiny mouth – no teeth - long sticky tongue
  5. 5. Habitat  The Echidnas main requirement is a large supply of ants and termites so Echidnas are found all over Australia from the highlands to deserts to forests  The Echidna has no fixed home, except when the female is suckling its young.  Echidnas can be found in a variety of shelters from rocks to fallen wood, small caves, or even under bushes
  6. 6. Predators  Cars kills hundreds every year on our roads.  Goannas eat young Echidnas  Dingoes, foxes as well as feral cats and dogs  Bushfires and Droughts are a natural enemy
  7. 7. Breeding / Reproduction  develops a pouch at the start of the mating season which occurs in July and August.  3 weeks or so after matting the female digs a burrow and lays 1 soft leathery like egg into this pouch.  10 days for an Echidna egg to hatch  The young blind hairless Echidna attaches itself to a milk patch on its mothers skin inside the pouch and suckles for the next 8 to 12 weeks  Once spines develop on the young Echidna is "evicted” from the pouch but stays in the burrow.  Mum Echidna comes back and regularly lets the young Echidna suckle. This occurs for the next 6 months  Baby Echidna is called a Puggle
  8. 8. Interesting Facts  Echidna is Named After the Greek "Mother of Monsters”  An echidna can lift objects twice its weight.  Knuckles the Echidna
  9. 9. Interesting Facts  Echidna is Named After the Greek "Mother of Monsters”  An echidna can lift objects twice its weight.  Knuckles the Echidna

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