How To Draw A Platypus: Step 6

How to Draw a Platypus

Your Kids can learn how to draw a platypus by following the example drawings in this basic lesson.

These bizarre looking animals exist only in Australia and are classified as mammals. Platypuses are indeed covered in fur.

Today, let’s learn how to draw this amazing animal. I’ll show you the basic body parts of the platypus and if you have time you can fill in a background. As you might imagine by looking at their tail and duck-like bill platypuses spend much of their time swimming in the water.


  • Pencil
  • Drawing Paper
  • Crayons or Colored Pencils
  • Black Marker (optional)
  • How to Draw a Platypus Printable PDF (see bottom of lesson)
How To Draw A Platypus: All Steps

This post will teach you how to draw a platypus. We will pay attention to the shapes of each section and types of outlines drawn making sure that the drawing looks great.

Time Needed: 20 minutes

  1. Form The Bill

    How To Draw A Platypus: Step 1

    First, outline the elongated top of the platypus’ bill. Next, draw the visible part of the bottom bill as shown. Then, create two dots for the nostrils.

  2. Draw The Eye

    How To Draw A Platypus: Step 2

    Draw the eye by creating a shaded circle.

  3. Outline The Body

    How To Draw A Platypus: Step 3

    Outline the body of the platypus by drawing an elongated shape similar to the illustration.

  4. Attach The Tail

    How To Draw A Platypus: Step 4

    Attach the curved shape of the platypus’ tail.

  5. Add The Feet

    How To Draw A Platypus: Step 5

    Form the webbed feet of the platypus attached to the bottom of its body as shown.

  6. Complete The Platypus Drawing

    How To Draw A Platypus: Step 6

    Let’s finish the platypus drawing by adding some color! First, use a dark brown crayon to color the platypus’ bill, feet and tail. Next, shade the underbelly with a light brown crayon. Then, fill in the rest of the platypus’ body with a brown crayon.

How to Draw a Platypus PDF Download

Click the link below to view or download this drawing lesson. The PDF is a printable drawing lesson for How to Draw a Platypus. The last page of the downloadable PDF includes a coloring book page with just the outlines and an extension exercise for prompting kids to get creative!

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