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Platypus

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The Platypus is native to Australia and Tazmania, and is a semi-aquatic mammal. They are one of five different mammals that give birth to eggs, instead of live animals. The appearance of the Platypus is very unique because it has a bill just like a duck but that is the only physical trait that it shares in common.
 
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Description

Latin Name: Ornithorhynchus anatinus Conservation Status: Least Concern
Distribution: Australia, Tazmania Average Length: 50 cm
Weight: 700 g to 2.3 kg
 

The Platypus is a monotremes, meaning they lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young. The only relatives to the Platypus are all extinct, making it the sole member of its family. Male Platypus' have a poisenous spur on the back of their rear feet. The poison is so strong that it has been known to cause damage to humans. When the Platypus was first discovered many scientists thought that it may be a joke just due to their odd appearance.

 

Classification

- Kingdom: Animalia
 - Phylum: Chordata
  - Class: Mammalia
   - Order: Monotremata
    - Family: Ornithorhynchidae
     - Genus: Ornithorhynchus
      - Species: O. anatinus
 

         
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