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How does a platypus act?

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The platypus spends most of its time either sleeping or foraging for food. Most social behavior involves interactions between potential mates during the breeding season or between a mother platypus and her young.

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The platypus is normally solitary when not mating or raising its young. A platypus spends about 12 hours a day hunting for food, as it eats about 20 percent of its own body weight daily. It catches fish, aquatic crustaceans, worms and mollusks. The platypus uses its beak to root out prey animals from riverbeds or swims to catch its prey. It stores its captured prey in its cheek pouches until it reaches the surface, where it then eats. When not hunting, a platypus sleeps in a burrow dug into a riverbank.

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    How much does a platypus weigh?

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    The duck-billed platypus weighs between 2 and 5 pounds, and males are generally larger than females. Platypuses lose fat seasonally after the winter, making them lighter in the spring than in the fall. The average weight for adult males and females, regardless of season, is 3.35 pounds.

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    What is a baby platypus called?

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    There is no official or generally accepted term for a baby platypus. Some people refer to baby platypuses as puggles, but that is more of a nickname than a proper title. Another name commonly used is "platypup."

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    Who discovered the platypus?

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    While Australian aborigines were aware of the platypus long before Europeans came to Australia, Captain John Hunter is usually given credit as the animal's discoverer. He sent a platypus pelt and a sketch of the animal to England in the late 1700s.

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    What is a group of platypus called?

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    There is no official collective noun for the platypus animal because this mammal is typically a solitary creature, although a group of platypuses could be referred to as a "paddle." Collective nouns are usually created for animals that commonly appear in groups, such as a pride of lions or a herd of cattle.

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