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10 Weird Facts Most People Don't Know About Echidnas

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Are you ready to learn some fun facts about the echidna? Get ready, because this is going to be a great time. The echidna, also called the "spiny anteater," is a weird spiky little mammal native to Australia and New Guinea. There are four living species of echidnas. ...Maybe some of the following is NSFW if your workplace is opposed to learning about animals and science, so continue scrolling at your own risk.

Why echidnas? Why? Well, for one thing, you probably don't know much about them. Everyone knows that the "duck-billed platypus" lays eggs, but guess what? So does the echidna. Now what? The echidna kind of looks like a spiny porcupine anteater hedgehog, but it is none of those things. Most of its body is covered in hollow spine-like fur that provides insulation. It captivity, an echidna might live up to 50 years. In the wild, if it lives in New Guinea, it might be hunted for food. 

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