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Platypus is one of the most easily identifiable animal.

Platypus is one of the most easily identifiable animal.
You shouldn't cuddle "male platypuses"!!



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  • English class Poisonous Animal Professor : Christopher YUKNA Michitaka UCHINO Jan. 2014
  • Description The platypus is one of the most easily identifiable animals. Thick waterproof fur Broad flat tail Duck-like bill Webbed frond feet Deep brown fur on its back and top of head. Golden or silky grey underneath. Partially webbed hind feet
  • Description Weight [g] Length [cm] Females 43 900 Males 1700 50 All platypus are born with ankle spurs, Only males has two venom glands attached to spurs on hind feet. View slide
  • Distribution Platypus live in a particular domain in the world. View slide
  • Distribution Cooktown Australia Great Dividing Range Victoria Tasmania Range does not extend much past the “Great Dividing Range” in most areas but as far west as western Victoria.
  • Habitat Freshwater streams, lakes or rivers, including artificial dams. Alpine to tropical area.
  • Dietary pattern Foods Fish eggs, Worms, Insects, Crustaceans, Tadpoles, Larvae of mayflies, two- winged flies and shrimps. Almost totally in the water and mainly on bottomdwelling prey. Mostly in the early morning and evening. Closes its eyes and ears when diving for food but receives information through the bill that navigates and locates prey in the water.
  • Venom The males spurs are connected to a venom-producing gland in the thigh. The male is capable of producing a venom peptide cocktail and injecting it through his spurs. The venom • Causes pain and hyperalgesia. • Powerful enough to kill smaller animals such as dogs.
  • Venom The venom of the platypus is partly composed of „defensinlike‟ proteins. Defensin proteins are produced by the immune system of the platypus, and are also produced as an antibiotic in the milk of some marsupials to help bolster immunity of young koalas, wallabies and other species.
  • Summary You shouldn’t cuddle “male platypuses” no matter how adorable their funny little bills may look to you !
  • Thank you for your attention !
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