The platypus is a very interesting animal. It has a beak that looks like it belongs to a duck, which it uses to dig up invertebrates from lake beds. It is also one of only mammals to lay eggs.
Just because they are a little peculiar doesn’t mean you should let your guard down. They are more dangerous then you think! The male platypus has a spur on its hind foot that contains venom, which is lethal enough to kill a dog! This makes them one of the few venomous mammals on the planet!
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