The Duck-Billed Platypus Appreciation Thread

Who wouldn't want this badass patch?

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Is that a Shillelagh, tomahawk and boomerang? Well, that about covers everything.
 
That's interesting, what other mammals have venom?
It depends in part on how you actually define "venom," but some examples include certain insectivores (e.g., shrews), chiropterans (e.g., vampire bats), and possibly even some primates (e.g., lorises) according to some loose definitions.
 
Male Platypus have spurs on their hind legs which can secrete venom from what I've read. Let's say a person gets a spinning heel kick from an angry Platypus, does the person die from the poison?
 
Platypus - The World's Strangest Animal (Nature Documentary)

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Platypus - The World's Strangest Animal (Nature Documentary)

The platypus has both baffled and inspired the scientific community since its discovery by Europeans over 200 years ago. Award winning wildlife film maker David Parer takes us down the east coast of Australia to the many serenely beautiful habitats of the platypus.
 
Platypi are the original species. It was they who crawled forth from the primordial soup, who's hair drifted across the four winds and bred life on this planet like a thousand lovely spores, and it was the Platypus who constructed the precursor to human DNA with its own bare hands. ALL HAIL THE CREATORS.

Tell us more, old shaman. :hmm
 
Platypus has pride of place on our 20c piece.

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It depends in part on how you actually define "venom," but some examples include certain insectivores (e.g., shrews), chiropterans (e.g., vampire bats), and possibly even some primates (e.g., lorises) according to some loose definitions.

There are some venomous moles too.
 
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The Creation story for the Platypus gets pretty dark. Was terrified of bumping into a water rat along the Maribyrnong River as kid....

Ducks needed a rape whistle.
 
One day the Platypus shall rise from the water and reclaim the Earth.
 

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