Spiky Echidna

Spiky Echidna

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Rebecca Johnson, Steve Parish
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 24
  • Publication date: 2005
  • Publisher: Pascal Press
  • Weight: 0.07 kg Note that the actual book cover may differ from the picture

In Spiky Echidna, a baby echidna gets a piece of wire caught in between his spines. It takes a friendly possum to pull it out for him. The short-beaked echidna is a mammal called a monotreme (meaning one hole -- it has one vent through which everything, including eggs and waste matter, passes). Its young hatches from a leathery-shelled egg then stays in the small, backward-facing pouch until its spines develop. If it is threatened, an echidna will roll up into a spiky ball on hard ground or dig quickly into soft ground.