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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.

32 Comments on 10 Fast Facts About Platypuses

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

    best animal ever!!!!!!!!

  2. cool platypuses are my favorite animals

  3. i am doing posters on them 👍

  4. Sweet

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

  6. nice

  7. neat

  8. i like them more now

  9. 🙂

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

  11. vary good facts

  12. Good

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


  14. cool

  15. loved it

  16. Wow I am not impressed

  17. I think this is good information for kids

  18. Good for my Platypus project in school thanks

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


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

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

  22. good

  23. Hehe boi

  24. i learned a lot

  25. Good info.

  26. nice facts

  27. Lovely

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