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The Duck-Billed Platypus

A mammal that makes eggs; the platypus has a duck bill and an otters body, and is venomous.

Benny Chan

on 15 February 2011

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The Duck-Billed Platypus The Duck-billed platypus is a mammal. It is very rare to find with its duck bill and otter body. Also, IT LAYS EGGS! The platypus live in the freshwaters of eastern Australia. They swim mainly in night and can stay underwater for atleast 2 minutes before they come up for oxygen. Platypuses are semi-aquatic, meaning they growing or living in or close to water, or carrying out part of its life cycle in water.

Platypuses use their electric feild senses that help them find their prey in murky waters The platypus feed mainly on invertebrates that live on the bottom of lakes, rivers or streams. Sometimes, they will also eat fish, insects or frogs. They use their bill to navigate through murky water to locate their food. The main predators of platypus are snakes, water rats, monitor lizards, hawks, owls and eagles. Platypuses are usually hunted at night when they come out to feed. The platypus is endangered bacause of deforestation, loss of habitat, and disease found from animals. These animals cannot be found in Southern Austrailia anymore. Platypuses are known for their excellence in water as both a diver and swimmer The platypus has a bill like a duck-bill which is covered with soft moist leathery skin. The grow to 30 -45 cm in length and their tail grows up to 10 - 15 cm. Male Platypuses have a toxic spur by their webbed feet. They use it when they feel their in danger or when their in a fight.
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