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P Is For Platypus

Updated on February 25, 2013

The platypus is a duck-billed mammal which lays eggs and is native to Australia. They are one of many strange and unusual animals to evolve on that continent. These semi-aquatic animals are actually venomous to humans, having a spur which can sting.

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The platypus is one of a small and special family of creatures known as monotreme, which means it is a rare mammal that lays eggs instead of giving birth to live young. Another monotreme is the echidna.

It also has a spur capable of delivering a poisonous sting to humans! With it's duckbill head, webbed feet and furred body, this is one of the most unique animals found on the planet. The platypus is found in remote areas of eastern Australia and Tasmania.

What do Platypuses eat?

Platypuses eat insects, small worms and tiny shrimp that they dig up with their bills from the mud.

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