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The Echidna

Australias’ short beaked Echidna — or spiny anteater — feeds on ants and termites, pulling a nest apart with strong clawed forearms, then inserting its long snout and sticky tongue.

Echidnas are found all over Australia and are the only known relative of the Platypus. In cold areas they may hibernate in winter.

A frightened Echidna will dig rapidly down into soft ground, leaving only the tips of its spines visible.

The single young one hatches from an egg and is carried in the mother’s pouch until its spines begin to grow.

After that the mother leaves it in a den and visits every few days to feed it milk. A baby Echidna is called a Puggle.

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