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The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) also known as the duck-billed platypus is a semiaquatic egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. Together with the four species of echidna, it is one of the five extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth. The animal is the sole living representative of its family (Ornithorhynchidae) and genus (Ornithorhynchus), though a number of related species have been found in the fossil record.

Platypus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia; aka duck-billed platypus, semi-aquatic egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia

The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is a semiaquatic mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. Together with the 4 species of echidna, it is 1 of the 5 extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth. The unusual appearance of this egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled naturalists. It is one of the few venomous mammals, the male platypus has a spur on the hind foot that delivers a painful venom.

This photo from the TrekNature travel gallery is titled 'Platypus Photo'.

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One of my favourite animals by far- the Platypus. Classed as a monotreme, it is a living evolutionary link between reptiles and mammals, possessing traits of both. Platypus wall poster – The Platypus: One of David Attenbourough's Natural Curiosities

short beaked Echidna - lives: range includes the entire continent of Australia, and parts of new guinea. eats: ants and termites. length: 15 to 21 in. least concern.

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