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Facts About Echidnas for Kids

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Do your kids love animal facts? If so, these facts about echidnas for kids are for them! If so, they will love these neat small mammals! Echidnas are cool little animals that are part of a special type of mammal group called monotremes, which are animals that lay eggs but feed their babies milk. They have chill personalities and don’t get in much of a hurry. So much so that because of their slow lifestyle, they can have a life span of up to 50 years.

Facts About Echidnas for Kids to Enjoy!

These small mammals are solitary animals but they aren’t territorial. They don’t mind sharing their home with others of their kind. Which just speaks to that chill personality! Although there are still estimated to be about 10,000 echidnas, their population has decreased to the point that they are extinct in some parts of the world. The biggest threat to echidnas is hunting and farming.

Your kids will love learning interesting facts about these special animals. Below are some kid-friendly facts about echidnas’ homes, babies, habits, different species, and more. We hope you enjoy these facts about echidnas for kids!

Check out these Amazing Fun Facts about the Echidna Species

There are four types of echidnas:

Western long-beaked echidna

Sir David’s long-beaked echidna

Eastern long-beaked echidna

Short-beaked echidna

Interesting Echidna fact: Echidnas located in South Australia tend to be darker in color than those found more East.

Baby Echidna Facts for Kids

What in the world is an Echidna Train?

It’s a love story, really. An echidna train is all about echidna courtship. Echidna train is a funny name for a line of male echidnas, who are lined up trying to attract a female. Male echidnas form a line, just like you might at school in the hallway, and follow along behind a female echidna. This group of males follows the female, hoping to be the one she chooses as her mate. These lines, playfully nicknamed echidna love trains, are seen throughout winter (the echidna’s breeding season). These lines of adult echidnas are on average around three to five “echidnas long”. 

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Echidnas are so interesting! I hope you’ve enjoyed these facts about echidnas for kids. Their tiny face, slender snout, and short legs make them so cute and their long and fast tongue, spiky spines, and laid-back personalities make them so cool! I hope you and your kids enjoy these echidna facts as much as my kids and I did!

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