Welcome to Echidna Central,
a guide and web directory to that astounding monotreme, the echidnas of
Australia and New Guinea. On this site you will find over 100 links to
zoos, photographs, articles, stuffed animals, and even poems related to
the echidna. I am adding more links as I find them.
What is an echidna? The
Australian "short-beaked" echidna is small spiked mammal, resembling
a hedgehog and sometimes called the "spiky anteater." It lives
all over Australia, from snow-capped mountains to deserts. New Guinea's
forests holds another two or three species of "long-beaked"
echidnas, which are larger and have longer snouts. Together with the platypus,
echidnas are the only surviving "monotremes," egg-laying mammals.
They represent an odd branch of the mammal family tree, and present an
intriguing scientific puzzle.
What information is on this
delivers the basic information.
Topics page contains information on Conservation,
Reproduction, the echidna's monotreme
family, a special section on the long-beaked
echidna, and more.
photographs, drawings and video of echidnas.
Zoos with Echidnas
lists zoos that have echidnas, and their special echidna pages.
Kids presents the best pages for the K6 set, including educators'
highlights stuffed animals and other suchnot.
Echnidas showcases echidna poems, art and prose.
catches the rest, including photographs of British price Harry's
prickly echidna encounter.
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and comments can be sent to [email protected].
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