About Platypus

The platypus is one of two mammals in the world that lays eggs, making it a monotreme. The only other monotreme in the world is the echidna and both are found here in Australia.

The platypuses duck-like bill, flat broad tail and webbed feet puzzled early scientists. Although the critters may look cute and cuddly, the males actually have venomous spurs on their hind feet that are used as a defense mechanism to poison predators and could cause serious harm to humans.

While a platypus spends most of it’s time in the water, hunting for shrimps and yabbies’, they nest on land. A platypus can usually stay under water for 30 to 40 seconds before returning to the surface for air. Their fur is completely waterproof and insulated so it keeps them warm during winter.

Once hunted for its fur, the platypus is now a protected species.


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