platypusnoun [ C ]uk /ˈplæt.ɪ.pəs/ us /ˈplæt̬.ɪ.pəs/ also duck-billed platypus
- But the weirdest thing about the platypus is that it’s a mammal, but it lays eggs.
- People in England first saw the platypus in 1798.
- Some animals only come from Australia, like the koala and the platypus.
- The male platypus has sharp parts on its back feet, called stingers.
- The platypus can hit a predator with its feet and then get away.
- The platypus doesn’t have teeth, so it uses the rocks to help it “chew” the food.
- The platypus lives in Australia’s rivers.
- The platypus of Eastern Australia is maybe the weirdest animal on Earth.
- The platypus sleeps for 14 hours a day and eats small animals.
- When the platypus wants to eat, it goes under the water and uses its bill to feel around for insects and small sea life.