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Echidnas, also known as spiny anteaters, are monotreme native to New Guinea and Australia.
Echidnas are small mammals that are covered with coarse hair and spines. Superficially they resemble both the anteaters of South America and other spiny mammals like hedgehogs and porcupines. They have snouts which have the functions of both the mouth and nose. Their snouts are elongated and slender. They have very short, strong limbs with large claws and are powerful diggers. Echidnas have a tiny mouth and a toothless jaw. They feed by tearing open soft logs, anthills and the like, and use their long, sticky tongue which protrudes from their snout to collect their prey. The Short-beaked Echidna's diet consists largely of ants and termites, while the Zaglossus species typically eat worms and insect larvae.
The four species of echidna, along with the Platypus, are the only egg-laying mammals, known as monotremes. The female lays a single soft-shelled, leathery egg twenty-two days after mating and deposits it directly into her pouch. Hatching takes ten days; the young echidna, called a puggle, then sucks milk from the pores of the two milk patches (monotremes have no nipples) and remains in the pouch for forty-five to fifty-five days, at which time it starts to develop spines. The mother digs a nursery burrow and deposits the puggle, returning every five days to suckle it until it is weaned at seven months.
Echidnas in Sonic the Hedgehog video games
- Knuckles Clan
- Nocturnus Clan
Echidnas in the Archie Comic Series
- Echidnas of the Past
- Garek - A member of the Echidnapolis council. Denounced Steppenwolf's family for the war between them and the Dark Legion. After some supporting words from Steppenwolf, he changed his mind and supported his actions for peace between the two echidna factions.
- Marta Arrunda - Wife of Mr. Arrunda. Assisted the Echidnapolis government in ridding of her husband's technology.
- Mr. Arrunda - Husband of Marta Arrunda. A member of Echidnapolis reluctant to give up his technology.
- Echidnas of Present Day