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  • platypus By Aimee Davis
  • prey Platypuses eat : Shrimp Other small fish Earthworms Shellfish Insect Larvae
  • predators Red Foxes (in the north range Dingoes are Feral Cats another predator.) Water Rats Snakes Hawks/Owls/Eagles HUMANS!
  • habitat the Platypus is semi-aquatic, inhabiting small streams and rivers over a big range from the cold highlands of Tasmania and the Australian Alps to the tropical rainforest of coastal Queensland and as far north as the bas of the Cape York Peninsula.
  • habitat
  • adaptive features The platypus has a body and a flat tail that are covered in brown fur that traps in a layer of air to help keep the platypus warm. Its tail is use for storage of fat. It has webbed feet and a large, rubber snout. In the snout there are sensors (electroeception) that it uses to find its food. the webbed feet are for swimming.
  • more adaptive features The size of the platypus is the size of a cat or for a male 50-60 cm or for a female 40-50 cm the weight of the male is 2kgs and the female weight is .9kg’s The platypus has 2 layers of fur, a wooly undercoat with a longer more dense fur on top to keep them dry and warm. They have very alert eye-sight and hearing
  • Amazing Facts There are about 800 hairs per square mm on the platypus Their fur is more denser than polar bear’s Males have a venomous spike on their hind legs They are 1 out of 4 venomous mammals They have a life span of 10-15 years the baby platypus sucks milk from the glandular area on the mothers skin
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