The Platypus

The iconic Perry embodies the awesomeness of a platypus.

The iconic Perry embodies the awesomeness of a platypus.

Kevin Madley, Staff Writer

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The Platypus is a magnificent creature. They are unique in many ways. They use electrolocation to sense prey, they are the only egg-laying mammal, and their appearance is quite baffling. When discovered in 1799, scientists believed they were fake. The resemblance of features from ducks, beavers, and otters had scientists thinking that they had just come across Dr. Frankenstein’s newest creation. But this beautiful marsupial came from no other than God himself.

Native to the land down under, the species’ range is mainly along the coast of eastern Australia. The Platypus was threatened from a demand for their fur until Australia implemented a protection act in 1905. This effort was a success as the species is not threatened currently. However, close tabs are kept on these animals because they are victims of habitat loss and are susceptible to the dangers of pollution. It is thought that there are between 10 and 100 thousand Platypuses living in the wild.

The Platypus is a target for many natural predators in the wild. Large birds, Tasmanian devils, dingoes, and crocs are just a short list of animals that platypuses must look out for. The Platypus uses its notorious bill to dig in riverbeds to catch worms, shrimp, and other crustaceans.

These creatures are built to survive. Growing to around two feet in length, these little guys weigh up to 5 pounds. The Platypus uses its notorious bill to dig in riverbeds to catch worms, shrimp, and other crustaceans. Their bill houses many electroreceptors to help hunt in muddy waters. Their long beaver-like tails store fat and work like a paddle to propel the platypuses through the water. Their webbed feet help navigate through rivers and streams these mammals call home. Male Platypuses are equipped with a venomous spur on each of their hind legs that are able to wipe out small animals and ward off unwanted humans. Platypuses are epic little creatures.

 

 

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