The platypus is actually among the most unusual and funny looking creatures in the animal kingdom from the family of monotremes. Biologist believes that the platypus is actually the most evolutionary mammal that exists in modern day. Besides, the platypus is also a mammal with temperatures about 32˚C, venomous and lays eggs. Platypuses are native to Australia and they are extensive in the countries eastern state.
Platypuses’ lives in extensive climates and habitats, but are mostly depended on freshwater bodies and river streams. Typically a platypus is about 38 centimeters from its head to the end of the rump. The length of its tail is at least 13 cm. A typical platypus weight varies depending on its location. Platypuses that reside in colder regions are actually bigger than those living in a colder area. Nonetheless, its average weight is about 1.4 kilograms. The platypus does not resemble any other animal on earth. The platypus has a paddle-like tail, webbed feet resembling that of the duck, a beaver-like tail, a furry sleek body resembling that of an otter and their legs do not come from underneath rather from their sides like a reptile. The platypus is actually a fascinating mammal, the combination of its features are so surprising distinctive that the European naturalistic who first encountered it considered it a hoax.
Unlike other mammals the Platypuses female lays eggs. The male platypuses on the other hand, are actually venomous! They have very sharp stingers on their rear feet called the ankle spurs that help them in delivering toxic blows to their foes. In actual sense, the Platypus venom is strong enough to actually kill a small animal like a cat or even a dog, don’t fear! Platypus venom cannot kill humans. Nonetheless, the venom results in extreme pain that can last for months. In most cases the male platypus mostly utilizes the venom during mating when competing for females.
The platypus bill, is quit distinctive, unlike the ducks, it’s actually pliable and soft. It is also the platypus’s major sensory organ that it uses to probe in the waters muddy bottom aided by a spectrum of electro-receptors that has a capability in detecting muscle activity of the prey. The platypus spends up to 12 hours a day underwater diving for food. Its heavy webbed feet help propel the platypus in the water and the hind feet’s are like a rudder helping to paddle in the water.
When in water, skin folds cover both their eyes and ears with a water seal, preventing water from entering their nostrils. Impressively, when walking on land, the platypus feet webbing is retracted back to expose nails that can help it navigate on land. Another curious fact about the platypus is that the female platypus lays eggs covered by a shell that apparently hatches from the mother’s body. After the eggs are laid, the female platypus incubates the eggs for at least 10 days after which, the young platypuses are fed with their mother’s milk that astonishingly released through the pores in the skin.
Altogether, the platypus has been a subject of multiple kinds of research; a 2008 research paper indicated that platypuses contain both mammalian and reptilian genomes. Since, platypus diverged from echidnas millions of years ago, the international union for the Conservation for Nature and Natural Resources highlight that the platypuses do not face any imminent danger of extinction. Since platypuses are not at any time facing extinction I hope to one day seeing them when I take a trip to Australia.