Chipmunks and Other Animals With Pockets

We all know that kangaroos have pockets in their tummies called “pouches” where their little babies live during their first six months of life. This is a characteristic that can be found in numerous animals from the marsupial infraclass.┬áBut did you know that not only marsupials have this awesome added feature? Here are a few other animals that also have pockets.

Echidnas

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These prickly animals not only have pouches but their pockets are actually “convertible”. When echidnas lay eggs, their abdominal muscles contract to create a pouch-like holder. In the pouch, the eggs hatch in about ten days. Then, the small puggles stay tucked in until they develop their spines and can explore the outside world.