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Extreme Monotremes: Why Do Egg-Laying Mammals Still Exist?
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Extreme Monotremes: Why Do Egg-Laying Mammals Still Exist?

The platypus and echidna are the only egg-laying mammals alive today. But that’s not the only thing that makes these 2 Australian monotremes so unusual. Both creatures have special senses for finding prey.

Intrigued? There’s more to discover about these fascinating creatures.

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The Shocking Truth About Electric Animals!

The Shocking Truth About Electric Animals!

Find out how some fish use electricity and electric fields to kill things, sense things, and even court their mates. More...

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SciShow
World Weirdest: Echidna

World Weirdest: Echidna

What’s so special about the echidna’s beak? What happens after baby puggles are hatched? See for yourself in this video. More...

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National Geographic
About the Echidna

About the Echidna

Are echidnas related to anteaters? What do they eat? If you know the answers, check out this quiz. More...

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FunTrivia.com
Echidna

Echidna

Covered in spines, echidnas look like hedgehogs and porcupines. See why this primitive mammal is called a spiny anteater. More...

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San Diego Zoo
Echidna Puggles Born at Perth Zoo

Echidna Puggles Born at Perth Zoo

Perth Zoo has been breeding echidnas since 2007. Watch this video to see 2 cute puggles born there. Hatched, actually! Find out why their birth is so special. More...

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Perth Zoo
Echidnas

Echidnas

Echidnas have a long, sticky tongue for catching prey. Find out how they use their special snout and powerful, clawed paws to find ants, termites, and other tasty morsels. More...

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Sheppard Software
Platypus

Platypus

With a bill, webbed feet, a beaver tail, and an otter-like body, the platypus is definitely unusual. Investigate their toxic stingers and how these mammals hunt under water. More...

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National Geographic
Platypus Hunts with “Sixth Sense”

Platypus Hunts with “Sixth Sense”

The platypus doesn’t use its eyes, ears, or nose to hunt. Its supersensory bill does all the work. See how the platypus can detect electric fields. More...

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National Geographic
Platypus Quiz

Platypus Quiz

Ready to test what you know about the egg-laying platypus? This quiz might teach you a few new things about this primitive mammal. More...

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Braingle
Probing Platypus Evolution

Probing Platypus Evolution

Are there platypus subspecies? To answer this question, researchers are studying their genes. Watch this video to see scientists at work, catching these venomous mammals...carefully. More...

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National Geographic

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