The Platypus

By: Ethan Hoff

The platypus is one of the weirdest animals in the world. But it is really fun to learn about. I have researched it and put together some facts. what the heck is this ! ew yuck

Webbed Feet

A platypuses' webbed feet help it swim up to 15 miles per hour. When threatened, its hind legs push back water into the enemy's face while it swims away.

Tail

The platypus has a tail that looks a lot like a beaver's. Its tail helps it build burrows and reinforce them, but it also slows it down.

Spur

The male platypus has a spur on its hind leg, which it uses to poke predators and inject venom into them. The male will use this spur to defend his nest.

Venom

Inside the spur are venom glands that produce the venom for defense. The venom can stun the predator (or prey), and blind it.

6th Sense

The platypus has little holes on its beak that can sense even the tiniest vibrations through murky water.

Egg-Laying Mammal

It is a mammal, so it shouldn’t lay eggs. But of course, being weird, it does! A female can have up to 2 babies in a litter.