The Australian platypus, found in all parts of eastern Australia

The Australian platypus, found in all parts of eastern Australia
The Australian platypus, found in all parts of eastern Australia, including Tasmania. It is a semi-aquatic mammal, and is a monotreme, a mammal that lays eggs instead of giving live birth.

The young when they are hatched are quite vulnerable, and blind and hairless. The mother produces milk from pores in her skin and the can lap it up. Males have a spur on their hind legs which has a poison. This is not normally fatal to humans, but causes very intense pain.

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