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Transcript of The Platypus
Is a WIERD creature....
We live in the USA
On the other hand...
Platypus live in Tasmania, right under Australia!
What is going on????
A Platypus tail is used to store energy and fat after consuming protein food. The energy cells- also known as ATP are only used when food is scarce. The thin, beaver-like tail not only stores energy, but it is used while the Platypus swims. The Platypus uses energy to hunt for food, dig burrows, and kill predators.
Stop looking at my tail!!!!!
When am I going to get out of this thing?
Did you know that Platypus are among five MAMMALS that lay eggs? And I though humans were wierd... Anyways, the Platypus mating season is around June through October. After the female Platypus mates with the male, the male abandons her and retreats to his burrow to no longer care for his children! Meanwhile, the hardworking mother struggles to "dig" a safe environment for her babies (also known as platypups). The female expands her burrow and settles for a while...Meanwhile, the platypups are evolving in the eggshell. For 30 days, the egg develops in Utero (the womb) and needs 10 days of incubation. This means the mother has to settle on her eggs to balance the temperature. This allows the platypups to properly evolve from and embryo to a yolk sac. When the platypus hatch out of their eggs, they are hairless and blind. Not to mention highly vulnerable. Too much sunlight can kill them
Eat Or Be Eaten!
Platypus sure have a humugous appetite. They eat 30% of their body weight daily! A Platypus is a carnivore, so its diet contains of crabs, frogs, insects, worms, clams, fish, shrimp, larvae, and tadpoles. Platypus have a unique way of hunting, and that is by using the "camouflage" method. They hide in dark, remote places where it can't be spotted easily. It buries itself under the sand or mud (because it is a bottom-feeder), and waits. Surprisingly, the Platypus does not sense the prey using its eyes or nose, but with its electrical discharges. That means the Platypus can detect creatures with the pits in its bill. Electrolocation is the Platypus'es 6th sense! On the other hand, the Platypus has to be careful not to be eaten by predators. Snakes, Goannas, Rats, Tasmanian Devils, Foxes, and other animals that live near the Australian coast can be considered a threat to the Platypus. The main Platypus killer, though, is humans, because we pollute the waterways and clear the habitats.
We're on the menu again!
Platypus are very small creatures with distinct abilities! On average, Platypus are no larger than a domestic house-cat! The male Platypus range from about 45-60 cm long. On the other hand, females are much smaller in size, averaging from 40-55 cm! The huge, beaverlike tail is also pretty huge, scaling from 8-15 cm for both male and female. The weight of an average fully grown male Platypus is about 1-2.5 kg (average is 1.7 kg). The female platypus are much lighter, and weigh as much as 0.7-1.6 kg (average being 0.9)! As the platypus grows, it develops a coarse, waterproof fur around its body due to genetics. Its bill get rough, its teeth get sharper, and its eyesight improve. A Platypus can live to be 4-5 years old (for males) and 6-8 years old (for female). The oldest recorded Platypus lived to be 17 years old.
Fully-Grown Male- 5 years
Puggle (Platypup) -Newborn
Fully Grown Female- 5 years
Platypus'es are super fast when it comes to swimming. Did you know that Platypus can dive at a rate of 12 meters per minute? Astonishing, right? When hunting its prey, the platypus can swim for about 1 meter per second! The platypus has webbed feet, which makes it efficient for it to swim faster. It has an advantage over creature in the water, but not in the land. Though the Platypus are amazing diggers, they walk slow because they HAVE to use four feet and crawl. Unlike most mammals, these unique specimens can "crawl" at a maximum of 3-4 miles an hour. There short, bulgy limbs are not well adapted to land, and use 30% more energy (stored in their tails) on land than underwater! A beavers tail is somewhat alike to a platypus tail. But the only difference is the way theye are used. Beavers use their tails to propel on water and go faster. But the platypus uses the tail to steer aroung on the water.
I am the new Michael Phelps!
We Platypus'es are loyal to the fact that we are one of the only mammals existing in the Monotreme group...
We lay 1-3 eggs every year
We were hunted for our fur in the 1900's
We swim with our eyes, ears, and noses completely shut.
We have webbed feet like ducks
Our bills are really strechy and leathery- like rubber!
Our ears are covered with a layer of skin and fur
We have spurs behind our feet that are connected to a venomuos gland. This means we have enough poison to kill a dog, but not a human.
We store food in our cheek pockets
We have a 6th sense called Electrolocation. We can detect other animals using electric charges.
50% of our body fat is stored in our tails
Our favorite game is to play Hide-and-Go Seek- with food!
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