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Male platypuses have poisonous spurs

The platypus may look harmless, but scientists have found that male platypuses can be dangerous.

The males typically have sharp spurs on the heels of their feet. These spurs contain venom with 83 venom-related genes. The genes are similar to those of other animals like snakes and spiders. Although the venom can be deadly to some creatures, it generally can’t kill humans.

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