Scientific Name: Ornithorhynchus Anatinus
Colour: Brown, Grey, Black
Life Span: 15-20 years
Predator: Fox, Snakes, Crocodile
Prey: Shrimp, Insects, Fish Eggs
Group: Egg-Laying Mammal
Size: 40-60cm (15.7-23.6in)
Weight: 0.7-2.4kg (1.5-5.3lbs)
Top Speed: 35km/h (22mph)
Habitat: Freshwater creeks, rivers and lakes
The platypus, specifically the Duck-Billed Platypus, is indigenous to eastern Australia and Tasmania, with the platypus being one of the only mammals that lays eggs (the only other mammal that does lay eggs is the echidna) as mammals generally give birth to live young.
The platypus is known to have extremely weird characteristics such as egg-laying, otter-footed, duck-billed and beaver-tailed. The platypus also has webbed feet similar to an aquatic bird like a duck so it is no wonder than when the first European encountered the platypus, no-one would believe them about the animal they had seen.
The male platypus has a venomous spike on their back foot which contains enough poison that could cause severe pains to a human. This venomous spike is vital in the self defense of the platypus and it is believed that the venom amount increases during the breeding season, so it is also used to exert dominance. The male platypus is normally bigger than the female platypus, with the female platypus weighing an average of 1,200g.
Platypus spend most of their time in the water, eating fish but the platypus does come onto land quite often. Platypus are one of the only mammals to locate their prey using electroreception, which means that the platypus often detects prey by the electric fields that the prey produces.