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The Duck-Billed Platypus

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Zach Gordon

on 20 April 2010

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The Duck-Billed Platypus
By: Zach G. Size and Appearance It can grow to be up to 2 feet in length It can be up to 5lbs in weight It has webbed feet and a beaver-like tail They have sharp claws, a duck-like bill, and waterproof brown fur Habitat The platypus lives in small burrrows beside slow-moving, fresh water streams Countries it lives on:
Australia and Tasmania They are independant creatures and they live alone in their burrows Mating The platypus is one of the only two species of monotremes; mammals that lay eggs. The other is the echidna The female platypus lays 2-3 eggs at a time Newborns are Blind and hairless and suckle for 3-4 months Hunting Diet small worms Insects Tiny fish Platypuses hunt under water, usually along the river bed It closes its eyes, ears, and nose to keep water out while hunting, and uses only its very sensitive bill to find prey When it does get lots of prey, it stores it in its cheeks and then swims up to the surface and chews and swallows Adults have no teeth, so they use their small, tough pads in their mouths for chewing Its webbed feet helps it swim faster under water If they fight another platypus, they have sharp spurs on their heels with poisionous sacks in them Interesting Facts The platypus was once hunted for its fur When it first appeared in Australia from Britain, science dismissed it as a fake, but later realized that it was an actual animal The poisionous glands in their ankles enlarge during mating season Pictures Bibliography http://sciencenotes.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/platypus-swim-peterarnold-bios.jpg http://animal.discovery.com/mammals/platypus/pictures/platypus-picture.jpg http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/msnbc/Components/Photo_StoryLevel/080705/080705-science-platypus-hmed-930a.h2.jpg http://treephort.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/633496335450082779-platypus.jpg Anita Ganeri, Bizarre Beasts, London/Newyork/Singapore: Marshall Editions Developments, 1996 World Book Student Discovery Encyclopedia Volume PQR, Page 100. Chicago: World Book Inc. 2000. World Book Encyclopedia Volume P, Pages 569-570. Chicago: World Book Inc. 2001 Thank You For Watching!
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