Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)




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Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)


The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is one of the five species of monotremes that lay eggs, even though they are mammals which lactate its young. It has interesting appearance such as its tail looking like the one of beaver, foot looking like otter’s, and bill like the one from duck and male platypus has a spur on the hind leg that spout venom. Platypus is distributed over eastern Australia, including Tasmania, and is extinct in South Australia today. It lives up to age of seventeen. Platypus lives in a semi-aquatic environment and is a great swimmer. It spends most of its time looking for food in water and it feeds on annelid worms, insect larvae and freshwater shrimps, and crayfish. Platypus’ predators in nature are snakes, goannas, hawks, owls, eagles, crocodiles and water rats. Even though platypus is vulnerable to the effects of pollution, it is not yet in danger of extinction. Platypus is listed under Least Concern on Red List of IUCN and its population could be influenced by its habitat disruption such as pollution, irrigation, construction of dams, netting and trapping. Until the early years of 20th century, the species were hunted by people for its fur but are now protected throughout Australia.


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