A platypus is a mammal. However, it's an unusual mammal in that it lays eggs. This makes it a monotreme as well as a mammal. It's also an aquatic creature that has a bill that resembles a duck's. The males have spurs on ... More »

The platypus is a venom-producing mammal. Adult males have a spur on their hind legs that they use to inject poison. The venom seems to be associated with the breeding season and competition for mates, although it is als... More »

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A platypus eats insects, shellfish, larvae and other small animals that it finds along the bottom of the streams and rivers near its home. It uses its bill and small rocks to scoop up these organisms. More »

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There is no official collective noun for the platypus animal because this mammal is typically a solitary creature, although a group of platypuses could be referred to as a "paddle." Collective nouns are usually created f... More »

The platypus is a venom-producing mammal. Adult males have a spur on their hind legs that they use to inject poison. The venom seems to be associated with the breeding season and competition for mates, although it is als... More »

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The platypus typically lays one to three eggs at one time. After mating, it builds a nesting chamber before it is ready to lay the eggs. More »

The platypus's adaptations include webbed feet and a broad, flat tail that help it swim, thick fur to keep it warm and strong claws to help it dig and move around on land. The platypus also has special receptors in its b... More »