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Platypus

Platypus
Sometime nature is weird, and can create some very bizarre looking creatures. For example, imagine if there was something with the bill and feet of a duck, the tail of a beaver and the body and fur of a otter! And not only that, imagine if such animal were also a mammal, but a mammal that actually lays egg unlike almost all the other ones! Crazy, but real. You probably know what I'm talking about, if you are familiar the with the unique Australian fauna: the platypus. Living usually near water surface, since it's a earth/water animal, the platypus is weird looking, curious, unique and a pretty interesting animal indeed. The platypus resembles a reptiles, not only for his curious look, but also for the way it moves, with the feet at the side of his body almost like a lizard. A fact that few people know is that the platypus is also quite venomous: on the back feet there is a spur, useful to defend against danger and enemies.

Like I said, the platypus also live near water surfaces: luckily for him, he's a extremely good swimmer. Speaking about that, there is another fact that make this creature quite rather unique, is the way that he uses to hunt. Like very few other living beings, he uses a unique sense, the electroreception, thanks to which can sense the electricty emitted by the body of his prey.

Platypus are something that almost look like a joke from nature, not only for their look but also their whole characteristics and behavior. Sure, maybe they aren't as elegant and majestic as other animals, but they deserve some recognition, even if they seems almost fake. Or at least, their first skin were thought to be just fake when they were first sent to scientists... Luckily today we know that they are very, very real.

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Pros
  • A very unique creature
  • They are good swimmers
  • One of the very few animals with electroreception

Cons
  • Almost look like a joke
  • The first people who discovered it thought it was fake
  • Poisonous

Supporters

Mehano

Cute

Both of these two animals are quite unique but I'd go with the platypus. I've loved them ever since I used to collect the Pokemon cards and one of them was the famous platypus!

I always thought that it's rather cute and interesting. I often see animal TV shows about them too.

Posted by Mehano on 06-19-2018
kgord

Platypus

I would vote for this because this animal has a lot of exposure through popular culture and the media. It is one that is well thought of througout the world. I would go for the Platypus in terms of creatures that most people know and had heard of.
Posted by kgord on 02-18-2018
foxchannel

I Heart Perry the Platypus

I have no clue what an echidna is. The only reason I know about the platypus is because of that cartoon TV show "Phineas and Ferb". The kids have a pet they call Perry the Platypus, who is also an undercover secret agent. What? Yeah! I don't know who came up with that idea for a kids cartoon. But it worked! http://phineasandferb....m/wiki/Perry_the_Platypus
Posted by foxchannel on 03-14-2018
ballyhara
I know right? I love Perry or Agent P on Phineas & Ferb too. Everybody thinks is just a very unusual pet, but in fact it is a secret agent. I cant' help but to laugh whenever he got on Doofernshmirtz nerves, always escaping from every trap, and without loosing his spy hat during the process. Honestly, whoever created that cartoon, is a genius!
MomoStarr16

Platypus FTW!

I will vote for platypus. I do know more about this one rather than the other one. And i find platypus more cuter than echidna.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 04-12-2018
mitan143

This one!

I like platypus because I like perry the platypus! But kidding aside, Platypus is cuter than the other one.
Posted by mitan143 on 12-17-2018
amelia88

Unique

Both platypus and echidnas are incredibly unique - Australia has some really diverse wildlife. However I’d say my vote goes to the platypus for their swimming ability as well!
Posted by amelia88 on 10-06-2018
stbrians

WEIRD

The platypus is the most weird. How can it be a mammal yet it lays eggs.Aolatypud seems to have borrowed from many othey animals
Posted by stbrians on 09-21-2018
jeffreyjose48

Platypus

I vote for Platypus. It looks so cute. It looks like a duck with a big bill.
Posted by jeffreyjose48 on 09-22-2018
allyn2017

perry

The best platypus that I know is a fictional one, it is perry the platypus. I've love platypus because of the show phineas and ferbs because of their secret agent pet.
Posted by allyn2017 on 11-02-2018

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Echidna

Echidna
So, a platypus and a echidna: those two animals apparently have very few things in common, and they look completely different from each other. Maybe the only thing that could be compared is their rather small size. But there is a unique fact that make them well more unique and similar to each other: both of them are mammal that don't lay eggs. The only two animals of this kind, a order that once had maybe some extinct animals but today have only those two. Now, we've talked enough about that bizarre being that is the platypus, so it's turn of the echidna, that look a little bit less weird but still quite interesting. Don't think about Knuckles, the Sonic the Hedgehog characters that is indeed a echidna, since real ones have very little to do with that red guy.

If you would like to see a echidna in their natural habitat, you could search for them in Tazmania, New Guinea and of course the natural zoo with more species of all countries, Australia. Echidnas almost look like hedgehog, with a fatty body full of quills. Don't be fooled by their look, those quills can be very long, even up to 6 cm. Under all that stuff you can see their small face, with a mouth without any teeth and with a very long tongue, and two extremely small eyes. Now, what could a animal without teeth, with this size and look, eat? Just one thing: bug and insects. Thanks to their nails, echidnas can easily dig through the ground, capturing ants with their amazing tongue. And yes, of course they lay eggs: usually just one, that the lady echidna keep with her for around one week or a bit more. And once the baby is born, he'll hopefully have a long life ahead of him: echidna in captivity lived up even up to 50 years!

This nocturnal animal, that you can find in areas with lot of trees, grass and green, is cute, curious, unique and a very important element of the animal kingdom.

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Pros
  • Can live very long
  • Cute and unique
  • A diet mostly based on bugs

Cons
  • Their spurs could be dangerous
  • They lay only one egg at a time
  • Very small

Supporters

VintageRose

Echidna!

They're so cute!

If we're talking about odd animals, I'm 100% going to pick the one that is the cutest, and for me that is the echidna. They are a rarity and perhaps as strange as the platypus, but their appearance is certainly adorable.

Also Knuckles > Perry (Sorry Perry.)

Posted by VintageRose on 02-19-2018
Barida

Unique.

I would say that this is they type of animal that you will see at night and you will find sleeping to be quite difficult for you. While it is cute when we are taking a look at it, I believe that it is an odd being which we won't really decide how we are going to go around when we are having this kind of creature around us.
Posted by Barida on 11-02-2018
treecko142

Echidna

I love both animals but echidnas are cuter for me. they are also less represented in various forms of media and also deserve all the love they can get.
Posted by treecko142 on 02-19-2018
Russ

The hipster choice

Being a hipster, my choice is obvious. Platypus are well know and widely popular. Most people would just say echid-who-now? Echidna are adorable in their own spiny little way. And the echidna fan can confidently say: I was a fan before they were cool.
Posted by Russ on 06-01-2018

Comments

Rmarsh1984
I have to go with the platypus. It has always been a favorite animal of mine. Not only can it lay eggs, but it is still classified as a mammal. Not only that, but it is poisonous! There are no other poisonous mammals. It is a completely unique creature, however it's features are not unique to it alone: body and tail of a beaver, bill like a duck, and webbed feet similar to both duck and beaver. Mother Nature is amazing. Why are there no other animals that seem to be made up of a couple vastly different species out there?
Posted by Rmarsh1984 on 02-21-2018
Corzhens
When I was in grade school we were amused with the platypus because it looked like a duck but with an amphibian body. It is an odd creature that looks lovable although you said that it is poisonous. Maybe it has venom like the snake and it excretes the venom when there is threat to its safety. I think the platypus is only found in the southern hemisphere particularly in Australia and New Guinea just like the Tasmanian devil.
Posted by Corzhens on 12-14-2018
vinaya
I have never seen platypus or Echidna, in fact I have not even heard of these creatures. I will have to check these mammals to know them better. based on what I have seen here, I think both of these animals are cute.
Posted by vinaya on 02-21-2018
MomoStarr16
Just like you, I have never seen one of those. But I know what a platypus looks like based on what the internet gives me. But I really don't like Echidna. :p
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 04-12-2018
JoeMilford
I think i will also go with the platypus. What a strange and interesting creature! It is almost as if nature was given so many parts to work with, and it built a bunch of other animals, and then a few pieces were left, and nature did not want to waste them, so it slapped together a platypus all of a sudden, lol. In any case, this is a fascinating creature that defies all logic and natural orders, in many ways. It is a pretty hard to categorize animal because it seems to have some animal and reptilian characteristics, but it is a symbol of how nature can allow things to evolve for very specific reasons in very specific environments.
Posted by JoeMilford on 02-22-2018
Corzhens
This reminds me of my grade school years when our class was curious with the platypus. Our teacher explained some of the odd animals in Australia and New Zealand. There was the kangaroo, Tasmanian devil, and of course, the platypus which is a hybrid of a duck and a mammal. It is really an odd creature because it has milk for its young but it has a beak and looks like a duck. Until now I haven’t seen a live platypus.
Posted by Corzhens on 02-23-2018
MomoStarr16
I really don't know what is an echidna, so it safe to choose platypus. And they are really cute.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 04-12-2018
fishbate
I choose platypus because my kids love it. I have seen one in the zoo but that's all about it. My kids have a school project before all about the platypus and they got hooked into it. They even like the cartoon character Perry from Phineas and Ferb.
Posted by fishbate on 06-18-2018
Chinet23
Perry from Phineas and Ferb is exactly the reason why I will choose platypus over echidnas. I really like the cartoon because of its soundtracks and it's pretty cool. I am not familiar with echidnas. I also find the platypus unique with all its combined features.
Posted by Chinet23 on 09-06-2018
jeffreyjose48
I choose Platypus. They are good in swimming. I would like to swim with them if they are not poisonous.
Posted by jeffreyjose48 on 09-22-2018
Barida
As long as I am concerned, there is nothing that I am going to do as it regards both type of creatures. They are both not that really okay in my eyes which means that I am going to kill them if I happen to come across of any of them. The thing that I know is that the second option looks a bit nice than the first one that looks like something that is not appealing.
Posted by Barida on 09-22-2018
nrnlss
I find platypus really cute, I actually don't know that they exist until I've watched Phineas and Ferb, which they have a secret agent pet platypus. At first I thought it was a fictional animal because it looks weird so I search it and discovered that it was a real animal. I fell in love with it instantly.
Posted by nrnlss on 11-01-2018
allyn2017
Both animals are cute and helpful in our ecosystem but there is something about the platypus that makes it more likable.
Posted by allyn2017 on 11-02-2018
NickJ
Gotta vote for both. I've always been fascinated by the way Platypuses look. Echidna's fascinate me because they are a close relative to the hedgehog, which happens to be one of my favorite small animals.
Posted by NickJ on 11-13-2018
nekonieden
I would be choosing platypus as I don't really know about echidna. I just saw it as a cartoon particularly in Pokemon, I think it's the one with fire at the back while platypus I already heard it somewhere else before. They are both cute and such unique animals and it's the creation of our beloved God.
Posted by nekonieden on 12-13-2018
mitan143
I choose platypus because I'm being inspired with Perry the Platypus. I used to think that the said animal is cute like what I am seeing on its tv series. I appreciate for the information provided by the author and I still like platypus over the other one.
Posted by mitan143 on 12-17-2018