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A mammal that lays eggs:
1. Talpa
2. Echidna
3. Pteropus
4. Lemur

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Correct Answer - Option 2 : Echidna

The correct answer is Echidna.

  • The Echidna or spiny anteater is an unusual mammal.
  • The Echidna has remained unchanged since prehistoric times, finding ways to survive while other species became extinct.
  • Female Echidnas lay eggs.
  • Egg-laying mammals are called monotremes.
  • There are only five monotremes in the world: four echidna species, and one platypus species.

  • Talpa is a genus in the mole family Talpidae.
    • Talpa Europaea is found throughout temperate Europe, from Great Britain in the west to the Ob and Irtysh rivers in the east in Russia.
  • Lemurs are a type of prosimian, which means they are primates that evolved before monkeys and apes.
    • They are more primitive than their cousins but share certain characteristics.
    • Found in only one area on Earth—Madagascar and the nearby Comoro Islands—lemurs are considered the world’s most endangered group of mammals.
  • Pteropus is a genus of megabats that are among the largest bats in the world.
    • They are commonly known as fruit bats or flying foxes, among other colloquial names.
    • They live in South Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, East Africa, and some oceanic islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. 

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