Parer, David and Elizabeth Parer-Cook.

The platypus is a remarkable semi-aquatic mammal found only in Australia. Along with the echidna, it lays eggs like a bird, walks like a reptile and has existed for millions of years.

One of the world’s strangest looking animals, it is so unusual that when it was first examined by European naturalists they thought it was made up of various animals sewn together – a hoax – with a bill and webbed feet like a duck, a tail like a beaver and venomous spurs. People have always been fascinated by these cute, beguiling little creatures. However, many of their habits remain a mystery as they are largely nocturnal and difficult to spot in the wild.

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Zaurora Books, 2003.  Hardcover, 72 pages, 170 colour photographs