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Duck-Billed Platypus

Selfie With Sam | 7-14 yrs | Animation, Reading Pod

Im stuck in the middle of a forest but check it out! I found an animal that lays eggs but strangely is also a mammal, Strange right?

The Platypus (Ornithorhynchus Anatinus)

Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), also known as the duck-billed platypus, is a semiaquatic egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia. The platypus is one of the most unusual creatures in the animal kingdom.

Physical Characteristics of Platypus

A typical platypus is 15 inches (38 centimeters) from its head to the end of its rump. Its tail adds an additional 5 inches (13 cm) to the animal’s length. Platypuses (which is the correct plural form, not “platypi”) have a paddle-shaped tail like a beaver; a sleek, furry body like an otter; and a flat bill and webbed feet like a duck.

Platypus Facts

  1. The first time a platypus was brought from Australia to Britain, people couldn’t believe that it was a real animal. They thought that a trickster had sewn two animals together.
  2. The coolest thing though is that the platypus is venomous! It has a small spur at the end of its foot that shoots out the venom.