Animal of the Month:
We're doing the animal of the month a little differently for now on. You'll get some basic facts on the page plus a few links for more information.
The duckbilled playpus is found only in Australia. When early explorers first brought specimens of it back to Europe, zoologist (people who study animals) thought it was a hoax (a joke or something made up and not real) no one had ever seen a mammal that had a duck's bill and supposedly laid eggs.
Many thought someone had simply sewed a duck's bill onto a baby beaver's body and then attached funny flipper hands from some other animal. it wasn't until a live animal was caught, that zoologist beleived they existed.
The platypus lives about 10-15 years
It is a Monotremata which means it is a mammal that lays eggs. It also has other reptile like qualities
Most people think they are big, but they are about the size of a house cat. The female is smaller than the male. They male weighs around five pounds, the female much less. The platypus swims under water with its nose, eyes, and ears closed. It finds it food by using an electric current. It's bill has electro-receptor system that picks up the signals put out by animals swimming in the water.
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