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The platypus (Ormithorhynchus anatinus) is a semi-aquatic mammal living in Eastern Australia and Tasmania. It can be found in and near freshwater streams and lakes. The platypus was first discovered by Europeans in 1798. This animal has a duck bill and webbed feet. The body of the platypus is 12 to 18 inches long. Males are larger than females. Actually, the platypus is like a combination of different animals. It has a tail and fur like a beaver. It has a bill and webbed feet like the duck. Males are poisonous and produce venom like insects. They have sharp stingers on the heels of their rear feet. The platypus also lays eggs like a bird, but nurses its young with milk. So, it is a very complex animal. It is called a monotreme animal; this means that it is a mammal that lays eggs. Echidnas are also monotreme animals. The biggest threat facing all monotremes is the loss of habitat.

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