So this morning the kids decided to ask if a platypus was a mammal or not. I was thinking not since they laid eggs….so we googled and came across that they are mammals even though they lay eggs. We actually found some very interesting information:
~Their ears close when diving or swimming under water.
~They’re sounds have been compared to a puppy growling.
~The small, beady eyes are very sensitive to movement.
~The platypus has four legs which extend horizontally from its body. This arrangement makes it walk on land with a shuffle like a lizard. The front feet have large webs of skin which help to propel the platypus through the water. The platypus swims with alternate strokes of the front legs.
~The paddle-like tail of the platypus is broad and flat.
~The platypus is about the size of a household cat. The male platypus’s body is about 50 – 60
~The platypus’s sensitive, pliable bill is a blue-gray, blackish color with the two nostril holes near the tip.