Echidna

Echinda burningwell

TAXONOMIC CLASSIFICATION

Class Mammalia monotremes, marsupials, & placental or eutherian mammals

fur, ability to maintain constant body temperature by internal mechanisms

Order Monotremata with one hole
platypus & echidnas

lay eggs, have no teats, single opening (cloaca) for waste products and reproduction (like reptiles and birds), no whiskers, no teeth, no external ears

Family Tachyglossidae  
Genus Tachyglossus tachy rapid glossus tongue
Species aculeatus spiny
Common
Names
  short beaked echidna, spiny anteater, native porcupine

the common name of echidna comes from an earlier scientific name of Echidna hystrix which referred to the Greek goddess Ekhidna who was half reptile, half mammal - reference to an animal that had fur and lactated but layed eggs

Appearance

GENERAL

SIZE

FUR

SNOUT

LIMBS

Distribution

RANGE

HABITAT

Feeding

DIET

METHODS OF FEEDING

FEEDING RATE

Lifestyle

SHELTER

EFFECTS OF AMBIENT TEMPERATURE

LIFESPAN

Lifestyle

SHELTER

EFFECTS OF AMBIENT TEMPERATURE

LIFESPAN

Nearest relatives

Zaglossus bruijni

IN AUSTRALIA

Predation

PREDATORS

WEAPONS & TACTICS

Reproduction

BREEDING SEASON

COURTSHIP

MATING

EGGS

LACTATION

LEAVING THE POUCH

Senses

EYESIGHT

HEARING

SNOUT

SMELL

References