Platypus Facts For Cool Kids
What kid doesn’t love platypus (Phineas and Ferb, anyone?!) so that’s why today we are sharing these fun platypus facts coloring pages!
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Platypus are so awesome, but so mysterious too! Let’s put our knowledge to the test and see how much we know about these creatures.
Platypus Facts FOR KIDS
- The platypus, also known as duck-billed platypus, is a semiaquatic, egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania.
- The hind leg of the platypus is adapted for swimming, with webbed feet that make it an excellent swimmer, glider, and diver in its aquatic habitat.
- Platypus are venomous. The venom gland of the male platypus produces venom that is unique among mammals. This venom contains defensin-like proteins that can cause pain in humans but is not lethal.
- The scientific name for the platypus is Ornithorhynchus anatinus, which means “duck-like bird snout” in Greek.
- Platypuses are one of the few species of egg-laying mammals, also known as monotremes. They lay leathery eggs rather than give birth to baby platypuses.
- The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) clasifies the platypus as a “near-threatened” species.
- The folds of skin that cover the platypus’s bill play a crucial role in its hunting behavior. These folds are highly sensitive to electric fields generated by the movements of prey, allowing the platypus to detect and locate bottom-dwelling invertebrates, such as insect larvae.
- Adult male platypuses have hollow ankle spurs that are used during territorial disputes and mating season.
- The platypus spends about 12 hours every day underwater looking for food.
- When these creatures are put under UV lights, they give off a bio-fluorescent green-blue glow.
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Platypus Facts coloring pages are sized for standard letter printer paper dimensions – 8.5 x 11 inches.
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This pdf file includes two coloring sheets loaded with Platypus Facts that you don’t want to miss. Print as many sets as needed and give them to friends or family!
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