A Poisonous Duck-Billed Mammal by Jack O.

By November 20, 2019

Have you ever heard of an egg-laying duck-billed beaver-tailed otter-footed mammal that can eject a paralyzing poison? The duck billed platypus is a monotreme, which is an animal that can go on land or swim in water. This creature is surprisingly one of the most poisonous on earth. Male platypuses have razor sharp spikes on their ankles. If threatened, they will kick out at their attacker. The poison in these spikes is strong enough to kill a big dog but is not fatal to humans. The pain is so excruciating that the victim may be paralyzed. This lasts for three days. Then the pain is over but the victim will have a strong sensitivity to pain for days afterward, maybe even months or years. The Platypus is a carnivore and it eats mainly crawfish. Since it can’t see in the murky depths in which it hunts it uses echolocation. This is one strange meat-eating egg-laying duck-billed beaver-tailed otter-footed mammal that you don’t want to get on the wrong side of.

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