Platypus is one of the most interesting creatures on Earth. Its bizarre appearance and some unique features attract me towards it. Lets see how it differs from other creatures.
It is a mammal and lay eggs!
It’s one of the only two mammals on Earth that lay eggs. Normally mammals give birth to live young.
Platypus is the only member of its family as well as genus i.e. Ornithorhynchus. It will be more accurate to say its the only’living’ member of its family and genus as related species have been found from fossil records.
Exactly like its other features, its venom is also something interesting. In the event of platypus, only men have have the capability of injecting the venom. It has a spur on the back foot which provides a venom capable of causing severe pain to humans.
It’s a bizarre appearance.
Even its genital parts are of odd nature. The female platypus has two ovaries but only one of them is functional, the left one.
Weird Use of Tail
Platypus uses its tail to store fats.
Other Interesting Facts about the Platypus
It hunts for about 12 hours a day. Seems like it spends all its time searching.
Its fur which is plum-colored is watertight and its texture is amazingly quite like a mole’s fur.
The snout of the Platypus is in fact a sensory organ with the mouth on the underside.
Weight of those mammals varies considerably from 0.7 to 2.4 kg (1.5 to 5.3 pounds ).
The Platypus is sometimes jokingly referred to as evidence that God has a sense of humour.