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Photo of a platypus

List of monotremes

Monotremes are animals that lay eggs.

Photo of an echidna

Eis forEchidna

An echidna, or spiney anteater, is a small, spiney animal found in Australia and New Guinea. They eat mostly ants and termites. Along with the platypus, echidnas are the only animals that lay eggs.

Pis forPlatypus

The platypus is a very unusual animal found only in Australia. It lays eggs, but it is not a bird. Platypus and echidnas are the only two animals that lay eggs. The male platypus can inject you with venom from a spur on its hind leg, but it is not related to the snake. Platypus are found in waterways, and are very good swimmers. They grow to about half a metre long, and are dark brown with a rubbery snout, very much like a duck's beak.