The echidna is found in Australia including Tasmania, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. They are also known as spiny enteaters. This is one of the animals that start with alphabet E. Below are the fast facts.

  • Type: Mammals
  • Scientific name: Tachyglossidae
  • Higher Classification: Monotreme
  • Conservation Status: Least concern
  • Weight: 2.5 kg – 10 kg
  • Length: 35 cm – 77 cm; depending on specie
  • Top Speed: 30 kph
  • Number of eggs laid: Usually 1, rarely 2 or 3
  • Gestation Period: 3 – 4 weeks
  • Average life span in captivity: Up to 58 years
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Preys: Ants, Termites, Insects
  • Predators: Human, Eagle, Dingo
  • Habitat: Scrubland, desert, montane forest


It has remained unchanged since prehistoric times while many other species became extinct. It lives in burrow. Burrow also provides shelter from predators. It has 6 inches long tongue to lap up the ants, termites and insects. It is an unusual mammal because it lays egg. It is the only other egg laying mammal along with the duck-billed platypus. Both mammals are native to Australia.

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