Platypus is one of the most interesting creatures on Earth. Its bizarre look and some unique features attract me towards it. Lets see how it is different from other creatures.
It is a mammal and lay eggs!
Platypus is the sole member of its family as well as genus i.e. Ornithorhynchus. It will be more accurate to say its the only’living’ member of its family and genus as related species have been discovered from fossil records.
Just like its other features, its venom is also something interesting. In the event of platypus, only men have have the capability of injecting the venom. It has a spur on the hind foot that provides a venom capable of causing severe pain to individuals.
It has a bizarre appearance. It’s an egg-laying, venomous, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal.
Even its genital parts are of odd nature. The female platypus has two ovaries but only one of them is functional, the left one.
Strange Extra BonesThe Platypus has extra bones in the shoulder girdle, including an interclavicle, which isn’t found in other mammals.
Other Interesting Facts about the Platypus
It hunts for about 12 hours a day. Seems like it spends most of its time hunting.
Its fur which is plum-colored is watertight and its feel is amazingly quite like a mole’s fur.
The snout of the Platypus is in reality a sensory organ together with the mouth on the bottom.
Weight of those mammals varies considerably from 0.7 to 2.4 kg (1.5 to 5.3 lb).
Their eggs are leathery-shelled.
The Platypus is sometimes jokingly known as proof that God has a sense of humour.