Platypuses

By Max Flores

Description

Platypuses have small round eyes, clawed and webbed feet and venomous spurs on there back heel. There fur is the thickest of all mammals only the otter comes close to the Platypus's 3 layered fur. The first is the layer that keeps them warm, the second is the layer that keeps the water and the third protects it. They have the bill of a duck but it is bendy and super sensitive to the tiny amounts of electricity our muscles make.

Their feet have claws and webbed toes. when they use there claws there webbing folds back. They have the body and tail of a beaver but they are lighter and smaller. Platypuses are the one of the only two egg laying mammals. Their babies are barely the size of lima beans when they are born. Females don’t have the spurs that males have. The spur is 2-3 inches long and injects burning venom that can kill a small dog. When handling a male platypus always hold it by the tail because there is no cure for platypus venom and it will burn for weeks. Females don’t have nipples so milk for the babies oozes through a gland in there side.

No animal in animal history is as confusing and mixed up as the platypus. Part bever duck snake and mole. Already these animals are very strange but all rolled in one. This is a very strange animal. Mysteriously the platypus's closest relative is a porcupine type of creacher. The echidna. The early platypuses were fatter and had a smaller and firmer bill.

Problems they face

The domino effect can be good. But in this case deadly. Platypuses are facing extinction as global warming warms Australia's waters. Then this will disrupt the food chain and ecosystem. Other animals numbers may heavily increase and decrease from this. Also platypuses are a relatively new animal and humans are putting nets in rivers to capture and study them. But other sea creatures get caught in the net. Almost every animal's numbers are going down because of us. We are responsible for every extinction in the world now. So stop polluting and if we stopped earlier you would be surprised how many more animals there would be.

Platypuses

Life of a platypus

When a Platypus goes through its life cycle it changes in many ways. They start out in a small leathery egg that there mother keeps warm by wrapping them in her tail and body. When they hatch they feed on milk that oozes out of a pour in the mother's body.

After ten months they are old enough to be taught how to swim, hunt and dig burrows. When they are ready to leave their mother the not so little platypuses waddle out of the burrow and seek a section of lake for themselfs. If they are female they will live alone until mating season comes along. Then males will compete for her and when the female mate she digs a burrow that can be up to 1000 feet long. There she will lay her eggs and new baby platypuses are born.

If the platypus is male it will also hunt until mating season bet will fight other males with his venomous spurs and if he wins he will mate with the female he fought for. If he loses he will seek another mate after his wounds heal. Then next year they look for another mate.

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Platypuses vs ducks

Did you know that a platypus is part duck? They can be similar and different in many ways. They both have a bill that is used to eat but the duck doesn’t hunt like the platypus. The platypus hunt by closing its eyes, mouth and ears. Then its bill uses special cells that can detect electricity. The duck looks in the water and when they spot food they dive and get it. Also platypuses live in australia, ducks are world wide. They both lay eggs and can both live on land or in the water. Platypuses have clawed webbed venomous feet. Ducks only have webbed feet.

Ducks can fly, obviously platypuses can not. Duck have waterproof feathers platypuses only have a very very thick layer of fur to protect them from the cold. Finally ducks migrate. you can see them in the fall and winter in huge flocks flying. Platypuses stay in the lake year round.

Problems

The domino effect can be good. But in this case deadly. Platypuses are facing extinction as global warming warms Australia's waters. Then this will disrupt the food chain and ecosystem. Other animals numbers may heavily increase and decrease from this. Also platypuses are a relatively new animal and humans are putting nets in rivers to capture and study them. But other sea creatures get caught in the net. Almost every animal's numbers are going down because of us. We are responsible for every extinction in the world now. So stop polluting and if we stopped earlier you would be surprised how many more animals there would be.