Kingdom : Animalia
                    Class : Mammalia
                 Family : Ornithorhynchidae
  Scientific Name : Ornithorhynchus 
                      Size : 40cm - 60cm
                                 (15.7 - 23.6in)
                 Weight : 0.7 - 2.4kg 
                                  (1.5 - 5.3lbs)
           Top Speed : 35km/h (22mph)
            Life Span : 15 - 20 years

                Colour : Brown, Grey, Black
           Skin Type : Fur
Special Features : Broad, flat beak and 
                               venomous spike on the 
                               back foot of males
  1. The Platypus is a semi-aquatic animal that is found in Australia.
  2. They inhabit the streams and rivers in cold highlands and the rainforests of Australia and Tasmania.
  3. They are also the only mammals apart from the echidna to lay eggs.
  4. They have unusual characteristics like they are duck-billed, otter-footed and beaver -tailed.
  5. The male platypus has a spike on its back foot which is venomous and is a strong defense mechanism for them.
  6. Their venom is strong enough to cause severe pain to humans and in the breeding season their venom increases.
  7. The male platypus is bigger than its female counterpart.
  8. They breed during the months of June to October and the female prepares a deep burrow lined with wet leaves.
  9. The female platypus lays two eggs which hatch after a month.
  10. The baby platypus is extremely vulnerable as it is born blind and is hairless.
  11. The platypus spends most of its time in water and occasionally ventures out on land.
  12. They usually spend their time on land in burrows that are around 30cm deep.
  13. Interestingly, they are the only animals to locate their prey through the prey’s electric field (known as electroreception).
  14. They spend around 12 hours a day hunting in water and feeding themselves.
  15. They are omnivores but mainly feed on fish, shrimp, insects and eggs.
  16. Their natural predators are foxes, snakes and crocodiles.
  17. Their biggest threat today is the high level of water pollution as they are particularly susceptible to dirty water.

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