World of Animals
A very interesting and unique animal that finds its home in Australia is a mammal called the Duckbill Platypus. To find out some awesome facts on this Platypus, read on! To jump to a section, use the Quick Jump below by clicking on a heading.
Habitats and Habits-This platypus lives near water. -It mostly lives by rivers in Eastern Australia and Tasmania. -It makes its nest in tunnels that it digs up to 50 feet long in the side of riverbanks, or in deep crevices and little caves in rocky banks. -The Duckbill Platypus is only territorial during the breeding season. -The platypus uses its feet for swimming for burrowing. -The platypus curls its feet under its body to protect them when walking on land.
Food and Feeding
-The Duckbill Platypus hunts in the water for larvae, water snails, and small crustaceans.
-Underwater the platypus closes his eyes, ears, and nostrils.
-It sweeps its head from side to side to locate prey.
-They have highly sensitive bills.
-They use feet only when swimming.
-Their dives last anywhere from 30 seconds to one minute 30 seconds.
-Sometimes it remains underwater by wedging itself under a log or stone.
-It fills its pouches in its cheeks full of food.
-When the pouches are full, it surfaces, separates the food from the sand, and then grinds it between the plates it has instead of teeth.
-The Duckbill Platypus is one out of three mammals to lay eggs.
-This animal has a low body temperature of 90 degrees FahrenheitSpecial Adaptations: -They have thick fur that provides water resistance.
-Their hind feet are less powerful than their forefeet, and they are used for steering.