Duck billed platypi live in burrows along eastern Australian and Tasmanian water banks, feeding on crustaceans… and plants. With their duckbills, beaver-like tails and webbed feet, naturalists initially believed these strange creatures to be a hoax. Females usually lay two to three eggs in burrows dug along water banks, and curl up around the eggs to incubate them with their body warmth. Hunted for fur until a protective law was passed in 1912, platypi are currently threatened by habitat loss and bycatch. Show More
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