Meghan M asked in PetsOther - Pets · 1 decade ago

Can you own a pet platypus?

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  • Lady
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
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    Well I do not think they allow them as pets, and I do not even know of any zoos that have them. They would be a very exotic pet and would probably cost Tens of thousands if not a hundred thousand dollars to get one, with the proper licenses and habitat for one. If you are in Australia you might have better luck, because they would be more likely to have people who take care of sick ones or are allowed to have them for different reasons. My best guess is that these are not good pets and have not been domesticated, so are more likely to be something that lives in an enclosure if you own one, not something you snuggle with.

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  • adamek
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Platypus Pet

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  • Monica
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

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    No, it would not be totally awesome. They need a constant source of water, as they spend most of their time in it. And, they have a poisonous spike on the back of their leg, so that would be a dangerous pet to have anyway.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I know that they have poisonous barbs in their feet. Probably not a good pet. There's exotic pets, then there's a platypus.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You don't say what country you're in. I'm in Australia and I'll bet my life on the answer being "NO". They're unique to Australia and are protected under Australian law. And yes, the males are poisonous. They have enough venom to kill a mid sized dog or inflict severe pain on a human. Why on earth would you want a platypus anyway? They're shy, elusive, very sensitive to noise and changes in the quality of the water they swim in and are most active at night. That's why we see their exhibits at nature parks kept in semi darkness so they'll be encouraged to come out for people can view them. My advice is to buy yourself a proper "pet" like a cat, dog or bird.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Probably not, they're considered wild animals. I don't think you would want to, either. They have spurs on their back feet that they jab into you if they consider you a threat. It's one of the mos painful venomous stings in the world, though I don't think it;s deadly. The pain will cause you to double over and vomit in agony... not a desireable trait in a pet...

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago
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  • 1 decade ago

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=200802...

    Well check the laws in your neighborhood.

    I believe you need a license.

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  • Kalex
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    only the male are poisonous

    and you need a permit

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  • 1 decade ago

    Vicious animals.

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