The Mammal that lays eggs!!


The platypus is a warm blooded, egg laying mammal with webbed feet and fine, waterproof fur. Unlike other mammals, the platypus lays eggs, typically two eggs, which cling to the female’s fur on her belly. The Female Platypus holds the eggs between her body and tail to keep them warm. The mom Platypus feed their babies by these two glands on their belly that releases milk and it oozes into the mothers fur, which the babies slurp off. Babies are born with teeth but they fall off when they get older. Platypuses live near freshwater rivers or lakes and create burrows for shelter and protection. They feed on freshwater animals and fish such as shrimp, crayfish, mayflies, mussels, earthworms, and dragonflies. Platypuses spend around 12 hours every day looking for food because, they must consume at least one quarter of its body weight each day. These mammals swim with their eyes, ears and nostrils shut, and can only stay underwater for a few minutes. Did you know that the Male Platypus is one of the few venomous mammals… And he can transport poison, causing really really bad pain to humans, through a spur on his hind foot. Here is a cool video I found of these guys swimming and hunting for food.


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