The Echidna, it’s just something of interest.
Seriously, take the monotremes as a whole (five extant species of mammal that lay eggs instead of give birth to live young) how the hell did evolution get there? I mean, the spiny anteater, or echidna, is basically just what it says on the tin with some added egg-laying… but the platypus, have you seen that thing? Part beaver, part duck, part otter and packing venom. Say whut?
Anyway, here are some select factoids pulled from a certain online user-contributed encyclopedia:
- Named after a monster from Greek mythology.
- As mentioned, they are one of only five survivors of their order.
- They have no nipples (no monotremes do).
- A young echidna is called a puggle.
- They’re covered in spines, even on their tongues.
- Male echidnas have a four-headed penis.
- They’re much spicier than hedgehogs (no, I’m not bitter…)
There is also pretty obviously, the case of the greatest echidna ever, Knuckles.
Just to clarify – he owns your face. Particularly if you’re a gay blue hedgehog with magical freakin’ shoes. LAME.