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The Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is a semi-aquatic mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. Together with the four species of echidna, it is one of the five extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young. It is the sole living representative of its family (Ornithorhynchidae) and genus (Ornithorhynchus), though a number of related species have been found in the fossil record.

When i was in school, there was still debate on whether or not it should be classified as a mammal.


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    Billy Manic

    You are FUCKING WEIRD.


    the visions of what’s involved
    the tensions you must resolve
    distractions will just dissolve


    Aah, coolest mammal ever. It is a nice mixture of reptiles and mammals, for it belongs to the oldest order of mammals (monotremes) and is more or less a link between those two classes. On the one hand, it lays eggs with a leathery shell and has a cloaca instead of two orifices of the body like other proper mammals, which are typically reptile features (birds have a cloaca too, but nevermind, they are not related to either platypus or you and the other apes). On the other hand, it possesses glands which produce a milk-like liquour for its offspring, but no teats (the milk just kinda “leaks” out and wets the fur) and cares for its little strange platypus-kiddies, which are both features of mammals. Also, platypus is able to more or less have a constant body temperature (another “”I’m a mammal”-sign, though birds also have the ability to do so, but I told you- nevermind).To make the confusion complete: it is one of the around half a dozen mammals which are venomous, but only the ankle spurs of the hind legs of the male animal,and to make it extra special, Nature gave it ten sex chromosomes instead of two and a nice beak.


    Heh. Proof that God exists, and has a sense of humour.

    tiki god

    actually, proof that god doesn’t exist, or if it does, is totally incompetent.


    T’was said in jest, Tiki 😛


    See them all the time in the river down the road. It’s a good way to judge that the water quality is getting better as they don’t live in polluted water. <3 Platypi!


    Copy-pasta from Wikipedia. Even the damn tiny image is from Wikipedia. That’s lame and stupid.

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