Ten fun facts about Platypuses
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It weighs nearly 2.2 to 3.3 lbs and grows from a length of 1.3 to 1.6 feet long.
A Platypus has fine and dense fur that are in two layers which keep them dry and warm.
It has no visible ears and walks on their knuckles and tucks their webbed feet back. The tail is used for up to 50% fat storage.
The Platypus lives near freshwater streams and lakes. It generally burrows just above water level and the entrances are generally on lake banks, under tree roots and in rivers.Fact 5
The diet includes shrimps, pea-shells, mussels, worms and aquatic insects. It also eats fish eggs and frogs. It hunts mainly at night and uses its bills to locate prey.Fact 6
A Platypus can spend 17 hours a day resting in their burrows. Adults usually have several burrows.Fact 7
It can temporarily store food in their cheek pouches. This mamma; grinds food between pads in their bills as they do not have teeth.Fact 8
A Platypus swims with its ears, eyes and nose shut.Fact 9
Males have a hollow spur that is very sharp on their hind ankles which are venomous. This venom can incapacitate a human or kill a small animal.Fact 10
The females lay a clutch of 1 to 3 leathery eggs. She provides milk to her young from two round patches of skin midway along their belly. Click here for more animal facts ❯
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