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10 Fast Facts About Platypuses

Here are 10 interesting facts about the platypus, one of nature’s most unusual animals.

1. A platypus has a body like an otter, a bill and webbed feet like a duck, and a tail like a beaver.

2. They live in Australia.

3. Platypuses are nocturnal. They sleep during the day and are active at night.

4. They spend up to 12 hours each day hunting for food.

5. Platypuses cover their eyes, nose and ears while swimming.

6. When on land, their webbed feet retract to reveal claws that help them walk.

7. Platypuses are 20 inches long and weigh about 3 pounds.

8. Newly hatched platypuses are the size of lima beans.

9. The platypus is one of only two types of egg-laying mammals. The other is a spiny anteater called an echidna.

10. The platypus is one of only three mammals that produces venom. The others are the slow loris and European mole.

38 Comments on 10 Fast Facts About Platypuses

  1. Interesting

  2. Platypus Expert // February 9, 2023 at 9:46 am // Reply

    that’s not really good facts about platypuses for people who need to know more about them, but those facts are good for people who don’t even know what a platypus is. These facts are just the basics that everyone should know.

  3. platypuses are the best // October 13, 2022 at 2:44 pm // Reply

    best animal ever!!!!!!!!

  4. cool platypuses are my favorite animals

  5. i am doing posters on them 👍

  6. Sweet

  7. Wow I didn’t know Perry the platypus was this advanced

  8. nice

  9. neat

  10. i like them more now

  11. 🙂

  12. wow very good. i love platypuses but didnt know this much.

  13. vary good facts

  14. Good

  15. flower magic // March 22, 2021 at 2:42 pm // Reply


  16. cool

  17. loved it

  18. Wow I am not impressed

  19. I think this is good information for kids

  20. Good for my Platypus project in school thanks

  21. Platypus platypus // January 13, 2021 at 9:48 pm // Reply


  22. Perfect for the fun facts part of my platypus essay!❤️❤️❤️

  23. this was a great article for my essay on platypuses

  24. good

  25. Hehe boi

  26. i learned a lot

  27. Good info.

  28. nice facts

  29. Lovely

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