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Long-Nosed Spiny Anteater or Echidna

About Long-Nosed Spiny Anteater or Echidna

This is a unique animal that lives in New Guinea. This is the largest of the two species of spiny anteaters. Its round body is covered with spines and fur. Like other species of anteaters, the spiny anteater has a long narrow snout with a long sticky tongue that is used to lick up its prey. Its short front legs are equipped with strong claws that dig open ant and termite nests. This anteater is an egg-laying species. The females will lay one to three eggs which are incubated in a temporary pouch. After hatching, the babies will stay in the pouch for up to two months when their spines begin to develop.