Australia’s iconic platypus under threat from climate change:study

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News:According to a study,Australia’s devastating drought and other effects of climate change are pushing platypus towards extinction.

Facts:

About platypus:

  • Platypus is a semi aquatic egg laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia.
  • They are one of the five extant species of monotremes,the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young.
  • Platypuses are also known as venomous mammals as male platypus has a venomous spur on the inside of its ankle.
  • They are listed as Near Threatened under the International Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN) Red list.