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Platypus is one of the most intriguing creatures on Earth. Its bizarre look and some unique features attract me . Lets see how it is different from other creatures.

It is a mammal and lay eggs!

Sole member

Platypus is the only member of its family as well as genus i.e. Ornithorhynchus. It will be more accurate to say that its the only’living’ member of its family and genus as related species have been found from fossil records.


Just like its other characteristics, its venom is also something interesting. In case of platypus, only men possess the capability of injecting the venom. It has a spur on the hind foot which delivers a venom capable of causing severe pain to humans.

Bizarre Appearance

It’s a bizarre appearance. It is an egg-laying, venomous, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal.

Two Ovaries

Even its genital parts are of strange nature. The female platypus has two ovaries but only one of them is practical, the left one.

Platypus uses its tail to store fats.

It hunts for about 12 hours a day. Seems like it spends most of its time searching.

Its fur which is plum-colored is watertight and its feel is amazingly quite like a mole’s fur.

The snout of the Platypus is in reality a sensory organ together with the mouth on the bottom.

Weight of these mammals varies considerably from 0.7 to 2.4 kg (1.5 to 5.3 pounds ).

Their eggs are leathery-shelled.

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

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