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Ornithorhynchus anatinus


They live in a root system on the edge of a river close to my house.


They only come out at in early morning and late afernoon.

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Ornithorhynchus anatinus

52 Comments (1–25)

HazelMarley a month ago

My friend loves these guys. Better show her this.

LeonardoMB 11 months ago

Don't worry "Argy Bee"... Like me and so much others, you just tried help and correct something that seems wrong ;)

Argy Bee
Argy Bee 11 months ago

Desculpe Leonardo. Você está correto.

LeonardoMB 11 months ago

"Argy Bee" no.. I said that do'nt are "marsupials", it are "monotremes". I agree (and I know) that Platypus are mammals... But not "marsupials".
And you're welcome "David22" ;)

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 11 months ago

I love Platypus !!! They are gorgeous !!! Fantastic..

David22 11 months ago

thanks for that i've fixed that up

Argy Bee
Argy Bee 11 months ago

Leonardo, monotremes are a sub-group of mammals so platypus are mammals.

LeonardoMB 11 months ago

"David22", you put the "Platypus" in the mission "Marsupials of the World", but the Platyus don't are Marsupials. It are "monotremes".

long-island8 11 months ago


Jakubko a year ago


Carol Milne
Carol Milne a year ago


dolphins12 a year ago

cool aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a year ago

You're so lucky David22 to see one in the wild ! thanks for sharing.

Argy Bee
Argy Bee a year ago

..adwaitnaravane... yes. It is hard to find.

adwaitnaravane a year ago

Is this photo is caught in eastern australia,because it is manly found there.

Egyptflower a year ago

Agent P!!!

maddie4 a year ago

It's so cute

Azura Firdaus W
Azura Firdaus W a year ago

nice shot

discovery3 a year ago

Platypuses are really, really cool!

Gj Met
Gj Met a year ago

Great Photo!

Gj Met
Gj Met a year ago


David22 2 years ago

quite right there was a Vietnam war veteren whom picked one up and got pricked. He spent 3 days in hospital under a lot of pain that he said was worse than being shot.

Argy Bee
Argy Bee 2 years ago

They are so loveable ... but I heard an interesting comment from a national parks ranger the other day... he said the spur on the males gives pain far worse than any other stinging-biting creature he knows of... and apparently it lasts for many, many days

ulvalactuca77 2 years ago

How can you not love them!!!!

LeanneGardner 2 years ago

Well done David on catching these shy little guys :)

Mackay, Queensland, Australia

Lat: -21.14, Long: 148.94

Spotted on Jun 4, 2011
Submitted on Jul 1, 2011

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