The platypus’s skeleton is like a lizard’s.
All in the Family
Platypuses are found only in Australia. They are part of a group called monotremes. These are mammals that lay eggs.
Millions of years ago, there were a few species of reptile-like mammals. They had fur. They nursed their babies like mammals. They had bird beaks. They were shaped like lizards. Like lizards and birds, they also laid eggs. Over time, most egg-laying mammals died off. Today, only two remain: the platypus and the echidna.
Platypuses are found only in Australia.
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The platypus looks like it has a duck’s bill.
A platypus has the face of a duck. Its bill is soft. It’s lined with nerves. They help the platypus feel its way around underwater. Its bill can sense movement from other animals.
A platypus has no teeth. Yet, it can still crunch up food. It scoops up small rocks with its meals. Then it grinds everything together. The rocks crush the food. The platypus swallows the food but spits out the rocks.
Webbed toes help push the platypus through the water.