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Duck Billed Platypus: The Craziest Creature on Planet Earth

Updated on July 21, 2011

The platypus seems to defy logic itself. It is an incredibly unique animal that seems completely out of place on planet earth. Below are five facts about the platypus that prove just how awesomely different it really is.

Appearance

The platypus is a twisted mix of a beaver, duck, and otter. 

Eggs

Unlike every other mammal in the animal kingdom the Platypus lays eggs. Evolutionary that is extraordinary. The fact that it lays eggs just makes the platypus even crazier.

Sleep Cycle

The platypus spends 14 hours a day sleeping.

Venomous

Male Platypuses have a spur below their back legs that is venomous. If a human is stung it can be incredibly painful.

Electrolocation

Platypuses detect the electrical fields given off by their prey in the water. It's similar to how bats use echolocation, only with electrical fields instead of sound reverberations. 

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What is this Thing?

At the end of the day the platypus is simply one of a kind. Not only does it exhibit one physical trait unique to its species, it has many and they are all pretty cool. Who would have thought that a warm-blooded, egg laying, venom producing, mammal with a bill and electroreceptors that sleeps over half the day could be found on earth.

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      Moral Man 17 months ago

      The Duckbill Platypus is another example of Nature's cruelty. Its one of the few venomous mammals. Only the male Platypus is venomous. The other venomous mammals are Shrews, the odd Solenodons of Cuba and Haiti, and Moles, which have a venomous bite.

      The fact that the female Platypus is an egg laying mammal isnt so disturbing really. Whats disturbing is that the male Platypus is venomous. They dont use the venom to kill prey, which are worms and frogs. The venom is used for defense. But heres the question, why then is it that only the males are venomous? One theory is that males are venomous to fight with other males during breeding season. This is sick in my opinion.

      The venom is said to not be fatal to a healthy adult human but it can certainly kill a human baby and is fatal to small animals. The pain is agonizing beyond belief and can last days and weeks. Pure torture. Its said even morphine doesnt help. Platypus venom is one of the worst pains known to man. Theres no way a benevolent all good loving God would create this.

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      jamesjacques 6 years ago from Seattle

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      Thanks for reading!

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      Amanda Severn 6 years ago from UK

      Very cute photos. Australia has some interesting creatures!

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      Nathaniel Zhu 6 years ago from Virginia Beach

      sooooooocuuuuuuttttteeee

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