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Monotreme Animals What is a Monotreme?

A monotreme is a primitive type of mammal that lays eggs like a bird or reptile but feeds its babies milk like a mammal. Monotreme means "one hole". This is because these animals have only opening for their anus, urinary and reproductive tracts. This is similar to birds and reptiles.

Monotremes are warm blooded but have a slightly lower metabolic and heart rate than other mammals. This means they need less energy than equivalent sized mammals. Monotremes have fur but no teeth. There are only two types of monotremes in the world, both are found in Australia. These are the Echidna and the Platypus. Monotremes lays tiny leathery eggs. The babies lick milk from the fur on their mother's abdomen.

Monotreme (mo-no-tree-m) pronunciation.



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