Short-beaked echidnas can be easily recognized by their long protective spines on their back with fur between the spines. The fur varies from light brown to black and is significantly denser in populations that live in colder environments. Their snout is toothless, long, and tubular, with a mouth that allows a sticky worm-like tongue to flick out of.
They are one of the two mammals, along with the platypus, that lays eggs. However, females do not have nipples, so the babies must suck the milk from the skin, known as areola patches connected to the milk glands. They are pretty clever, almost as clever as a domestic cat.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No