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Platypus
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Scientific Classification
Binomial Name

Ornithorhynchus anatinus

The platypus is roughly half the size of a household cat. It has a thick covering of waterproof hair over all of its body, except for its feet and bill. It is a member of the Monotreme family, which are mammals that lay eggs.

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Anatomy

The male platypus's body is about 50 - 60 centimeters long and the female is about 40 - 50 centimeters long. The platypus has a thick covering of waterproof hair all over its body except for the feet and bill. The platypus's sensitive, pliable bill is a blue-gray, blackish color with the two nostril holes near the tip. The location of the nostrils allows the platypus to breath while the rest of the body stays under the water. The platypus does not have external ears. The platypus has four legs which extend horizontally from its body. This arrangement makes it walk on land with a shuffle like a lizard.

Reproduction

During breeding season, males can fight each other and the venom in their spurs becomes more poisonous. The female platypus lays one to three round eggs, which have soft and leathery shells, in a nest made of wet leaves and grass. In the wild, reproductive activity takes place from winter to late spring. Platypuses do not reach sexual maturity until they are over two years of age. The baby platypus suckles the milk excreted from a "milk field" on the mother's belly; there are no nipples.

Ecology

Platypus spur

The modern platypus is found among the freshwater systems of eastern Australia. The platypus is an excellent swimmer and spends much of its time in the water. It feeds on worms and insect larvae, freshwater shrimp, and freshwater crayfish that it digs out of the river-bed with its snout or catches while swimming. The platypus is the only Australian mammal known to be venomous. Adult males have a sharp curved spur on each hind leg that can inject poison produced by a special gland located in the upper thigh. The bill is equipped with thousands of highly sensitive electro-receptors as well as pressure sensors and touch receptors. The platypus automatically shuts both its eyes and ears when it dives, and so relies almost entirely on its bill to find food and navigate underwater.

Created Not Evolved

Evolutionists claim that the platypus is evidence of evolution since it is so strange. This is because they start with an assumption that the platypus evolved so of course they see it as evidence for that. In reality the platypus is more evidence for the amazing intelligence of God's design. Truly only a super-Intelligent Designer could make such an amazing combination of mammalian and reptilian features in a single creature.

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