When scientists first examined a specimen of platypus, they literally thought that they were the victims of some sort of a joke. It looked like that someone made a hotchpotch of duck, beaver and otter to irritate them. But reality is that evaluation has endowed them with all of these characteristics to help them survive their aquatic lifestyle.
Their bill is covered with thousands of receptors that help them to navigate and detect tiny movements of potential prey in the murky waters they reside in. Their webbed-feet help them swim and they use the venom to defend themselves when in trouble. Talk about the wonders of nature!
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No