What Animal is a Platypus?

The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) also known as the duck-billed platypus is a semi-aquatic (which means that they live a large part of their lives in the water in order to search for food) egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia.

Together with other four species, it is one of the five extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth, of which only two kinds are left on the planet today — the platypus and the echidna.

Their sleek, fur-covered body, webbed otter feet and beaver-type tail allow them to be naturally skilled swimmers. A platypus also has a rubbery snout that looks much like a duck’s, and spurs on its ankles. In males, the spurs contain powerful venom which is used to attack potential rivals during mating season.

In short, a Platypus is a carnivores, egg laying mammals that can live on both water and land.

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