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Platypus - Some Facts

Updated on August 24, 2011

I love Platypus

I have never seen a real platypus, but still I love it. So, what do you call a love that happens even before a first sight?
I fell in love with it when I read about its amazing features. If you don't already know all of them, I am sure when you get to know about platypus in detail, you are going to like it.

So let's see why it is such a wonderful and lovable creature. Read the facts below to fall in love with it. :)

Platypus!!!
Platypus!!!

Some Interesting Facts about Platypus

This Mammal Lay Eggs

So how many mammals do you think posses this feature?
Trust me on this, there are just two mammals on this Earth that lay eggs and platypus is one of these two.


Sole Member

Platypus is the only member of its family as well genus Ornithorhynchus. To make things more clear, it is the only 'living' member of its genus and family as fossil records of some related species have been found.


Two Ovaries

Would you believe me if I told you the female platypus has a couple of ovaries? Trust me they do have two ovaries but only one of them is functional, i.e. the left one.


Venom

Even its venom is somewhat bizarre I would say. First of all there ain't much venomous mammals but platypus is one of the few venomous ones. In addition to that, only males have the ability to inject the venom. Now, even more interestingly it doesn't inject its venom from its bill. Can you guess from where does it transmit its venom. From the hind foot! Yes, that's true, hind foot. It has a spur on each hind foot that delivers a venom capable of causing severe pain to humans.


No Nipples

The females don't possess anything like nipples. Baby platypuses slurp up the milk that is secreted from two patches on their mother’s belly.


Appearance

The platypus is an egg-laying, venomous, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal. The appearance of this mammal baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it, with some considering it an elaborate fraud.


Weird Use of Tail

Just like its other features, its tail also has an interesting use. The platypus uses its tail to store fats.


Extra Bones

The Platypus has extra bones in the shoulder girdle, including an interclavicle. Platypus is the only mammal to have these bones as other mammals lack them.


More Interesting Platypus Facts

Its plum-colored fur is waterproof. The texture of its fur is also like that of a mole.

The snout of the Platypus is in fact a sensory organ with the mouth on the underside. Now this is an other interesting feature.

The Platypus is sometimes jokingly referred to as proof that God has a sense of humour.

It is featured on 20 cent coin of Australia.

Read more interesting facts on platypus here.

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      Logan 5 years ago

      Awesome!! Lots of info

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      forget u 5 years ago

      nice but not lots of info:(

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      PENELOPE 5 years ago

      AWESOME!

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      anthony 5 years ago

      nice thanks 4 the help doin project on a platypus cause its legit! n cause i want 1 4 a pet when im older if i can keep 1

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      Arial 5 years ago

      thats so sick (cool) these platypuses are awesome!! wish to hear lots more about them!!

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      kristy 5 years ago

      wow interesting facts that i didnt even know about and i am in love with the platypus. they are the cutest and most interesting animals i have ever seen or heard about in my life. do you know what a baby platypus is called?

      its called a puggle!!! these facts and information helps alot im doing a geography project on the platypus! THANKS FOR THE INFO!!!!!!!

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      meg 5 years ago

      im riting one to for school just because.

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      pat 5 years ago

      I love platypuses, they rock. I'm even doing a science project on them, so thanks for the info. :)

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      anais 5 years ago

      I hav a platypus mamal reprt so i loked at these thing9(::)

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      jr 5 years ago

      that that was cool

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      :) 6 years ago

      cool ::)

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      IM  6 years ago

      CHEEETA DUDE

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      hey 6 years ago

      i like playtpus !!!!!!

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      bree 6 years ago

      platypuses are AMAZING! and it is sad that us humans and them platypuses will all go down in 2012. i love platypuses ice creeam tornadoes and double rainbows

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      aduhh 6 years ago

      so awesome i thought these guys were extinct already

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      platypus pal 7 years ago

      I love platypus, but never knew much about them until I read this. Thanks for the facts :)

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      AE 7 years ago

      They are about the strangest animal i've ever seen. They are the best.

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      platypus lover 7 years ago

      there sooo cute1€

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      mordi 7 years ago

      dokk e faen me nån jævla idiota som tur dokk e nåkka!:))))))))

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Thank you Ivorwen for the comment. Glad you liked my hub.

      I sometimes wonder that does platypus know how strange and amazing mammal it is?

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      Ivorwen 7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      What a fun, interesting animal. Thank you so much for sharing all of these strange things about the platypus.

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      sarah 7 years ago

      love it

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      Ashley 7 years ago

      cool

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      You know Scarlet, I also love it.

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      scarlet 7 years ago

      u rock i love platypus

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      sylvanna 7 years ago

      Nice You Know Alot About Playtpus's !! lol U dont im all lies

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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago

      Who told you that tomks? Any valid sources?

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      tonks21 8 years ago from V-Town

      This animal is actually not just poisonious to cause extreme pain. Its much worse than that.

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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago

      Thanx Ms Chievous!

      I actually couldn't resist writing on it anymore, lost self-control and started writing on this lovely creature.

      Well, now you know them. :D

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      Tina 8 years ago from Wv

      What a cute idea for a hub. There were apparently a lot of things I did not know about the platypus!

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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago

      They are one interesting animal too. Think I must write on them too.

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      jiberish 8 years ago from florida

      I love the manatees. kinda look similar.

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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago

      That's what some scientists think about it. Its such an amazing species that it makes me feel jealous of those living in Australia who can see it for real.

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      jiberish 8 years ago from florida

      Makes you wonder if nature was experimenting. Nice Hub.

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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago

      Hahaha!!!

      That was the prime intention of writing this hub, to make you jealous. I achieved my goal. lol!

      And thanx for the comment.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      These are such interesting animals. Great idea on writing a hub on platypus. I'm both happy and jealous that you did! Awesome job, UH.