Platypuses are found only in Eastern Australia, living on the edges of rivers and freshwater lakes They are renowned for their excellence in the water as both a diver and swimmer and are most active for several hours after dusk and before dawn.
They feed on aquatic insect larvae, shrimps and worms by dabbling in the mud or silt at the bottom of the water, using its sensitive, flexible, duck-like snout, aided by electroreceptors (electronic sense) on its bill.
The Platypus belongs to a sub family of mammals called Monotremes. There are only 2 animals that belong to this sub family – the Platypus and the Echidna. Monotremes lay eggs instead of giving birth to their young. The male is the only venomous mammal in Australia, having sharp spurs on his hind legs that carry venom