The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is a semiaquatic mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. Together with the 4 species of echidna, it is 1 of the 5 extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth. The unusual appearance of this egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled naturalists. It is one of the few venomous mammals, the male platypus has a spur on the hind foot that delivers a painful venom.

The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is a semiaquatic mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. Together with the 4 species of echidna, it is 1 of the 5 extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth. The unusual appearance of this egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled naturalists. It is one of the few venomous mammals, the male platypus has a spur on the hind foot that delivers a painful venom.

SPOT PLATYPUS IN THE WILD Shy, elusive, easily frightened and creatures of dawn and dusk, the Platypus is notorious for being nearly impossible to spot in the wild. We stay at Broken River Mountain Resort, situated on the bank of Broken River it is the place to stay for ultimate access to the Platypus.

Eungella Platypus

SPOT PLATYPUS IN THE WILD Shy, elusive, easily frightened and creatures of dawn and dusk, the Platypus is notorious for being nearly impossible to spot in the wild. We stay at Broken River Mountain Resort, situated on the bank of Broken River it is the place to stay for ultimate access to the Platypus.

Not only has venom, but also has electroreceptors in the bill -- suhweet!

Faded Genes: The 7 Most Primitive Living Mammals

Not only has venom, but also has electroreceptors in the bill -- suhweet!

Duckbill Platypus, one of only 2 mammals that lay eggs. The other is echidna, also another Australian native.

Duckbill Platypus, one of only 2 mammals that lay eggs. The other is echidna, also another Australian native.

The animals you might not know

The animals you might not know

Baby Duck Billed Platypus; look at his 'lil tail!

Baby Duck Billed Platypus

This is probably the most adorable thing I have ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is probably the most adorable thing I have ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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