Platypus vs. Puggle

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Platypus and Puggle is that the Platypus is a semi aquatic mammal and Puggle is a dog crossbreed.

  • Platypus

    The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), sometimes referred to as the duck-billed platypus, is a semiaquatic egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. The platypus is the sole living representative of its family (Ornithorhynchidae) and genus (Ornithorhynchus), though a number of related species appear in the fossil record.

    Together with the four species of echidna, it is one of the five extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young. Like other monotremes it senses prey through electrolocation. It is one of the few species of venomous mammals, as the male platypus has a spur on the hind foot that delivers a venom capable of causing severe pain to humans.

    The unusual appearance of this egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it, and the first scientists to examine a preserved platypus body (in 1799) judged it a fake, made of several animals sewn together. The unique features of the platypus make it an important subject in the study of evolutionary biology, and a recognizable and iconic symbol of Australia. It has appeared as a mascot at national events and features on the reverse of the Australian twenty-cent coin, and the platypus is the animal emblem of the state of New South Wales. Until the early 20th century humans hunted the platypus for its fur, but it is now protected throughout its range. Although captive-breeding programs have had only limited success, and the platypus is vulnerable to the effects of pollution, it is not under any immediate threat.

  • Puggle

    A puggle is a crossbreed dog with a Beagle parent and a Pug parent. The name puggle is a portmanteau, which follows a naming trend in “designer dog” crossbreeding.

    This crossbreed is sometimes classified as a designer dog.

  • Platypus (noun)

    A semi-aquatic, egg-laying monotreme mammal with a bill resembling that of a duck, that has a mole-like body, a tail resembling that of a beaver, a waterproof pelt, and flat webbed feet — males have poisonous spurs on the inside of the back legs; Ornithorhynchus anatinus

  • Puggle (verb)

    To coax (a rabbit) from a burrow by poking a stick down the hole and moving it about; to delve into a hole in order to locate an animal.

  • Puggle (verb)

    To poke around a hole with a stick, as to explore, remove obstacles, etc.

  • Puggle (noun)

    A baby monotreme (echidna or platypus).

  • Puggle (noun)

    A small mixed breed of dog created by mating a pug and beagle.

  • Platypus (noun)

    a semiaquatic egg-laying mammal which frequents lakes and streams in eastern Australia. It has a sensitive pliable bill shaped like that of a duck, webbed feet with venomous spurs, and dense fur.

  • Puggle (verb)

    To push or poke a stick or wire down (a hole or aperture) and work it about in order to clear an obstruction, drive out an animal, etc.

  • Puggle (noun)

    a baby echidna or platypus

    “after four weeks, the puggle starts to develop spines”

    “the platypus keeper has now overseen the birth of five puggles at the zoo”

  • Puggle (noun)

    a dog that is a cross-breed of a pug and a beagle

    “he’s a puggle, a beagle and pug mix, sporting a permanently frowny face”

Oxford Dictionary

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