The platypus is a unique egg-laying mammal.

They are native to Australia, including Tasmania.

Platypuses are monotremes, a group of mammals that lay eggs.

These mammals have a duck-bill and webbed feet, resembling a mix of different animals.

Platypuses are excellent swimmers and spend much of their time in the water.

They use electroreception to detect prey, a feature unique among mammals.

Platypuses produce venom during the breeding season, delivered through spurs on their hind legs.

They feed on aquatic invertebrates, such as insects and small crustaceans.

Platypuses have a waterproof fur that keeps them insulated in the water.

They have a low body temperature compared to other mammals.

Platypuses are mainly nocturnal and crepuscular, being more active during dawn and dusk.

They build burrows along riverbanks for shelter and protection.

Platypuses are known for their elaborate courtship displays.

They have a spur on their hind legs, which only males possess.

Platypuses are difficult to study in the wild due to their elusive nature.

They have a prehensile tail that stores fat reserves.

Platypuses lay one to three eggs at a time.

They incubate their eggs by curling around them with their tail and hind legs.

Platypus mothers produce milk, but they lack nipples; instead, milk is absorbed through the skin.

They are excellent diggers, using their front limbs and snout to excavate burrows.

Platypuses have a lifespan of about 10 to 17 years in the wild.

They were once thought to be a hoax due to their unusual combination of features.

Platypuses are considered a symbol of Australia.

They communicate using a variety of vocalizations, including grunts and growls.

Platypuses have a streamlined body for efficient swimming.

They face threats from habitat loss and pollution.

Platypuses are protected by conservation laws in Australia.

They are featured in Aboriginal Australian mythology.

Platypuses have retractable skin flaps that cover their eyes and ears while underwater.

They have been classified as near-threatened due to declining populations in some areas.