Do platypuses make good pets?


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Platypuses are wild animals that do not make good pets. The male platypus has a spur on his hind foot that delivers a potent poison capable of causing severe pain that can last for weeks.

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The platypus is a mammal that has a bill like a duck but lays eggs instead of giving birth like a mammal. It has webbed feet and instead of nursing its young through its teats like other mammals, the mother's milk is secreted through her skin. It pools on the skin of her abdomen, and her babies lap it up.

Platypuses generally don't do well in captivity and are very difficult to breed. They are best left in the wild where they belong.

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