Platypuses

I am going to tell you about platypuses’ habitat, appearance, behavior, and eggs. Platypuses are very small animals, they live in the Southeast of Australia, and they are extremely shy. They also lay eggs.

The platypus has a very strange appearance. It is about the size of a household cat. The average size of a male platypus is fifty to sixty centimeters. The average size of a female platypus is forty to fifty centimeters. This mammal’s tail is flat and broad like a beaver’s tail. A plump tail is a sign of good health. The platypus’s fur is a dark brown on the back and yellowish on its belly. My animal has a bill that is very sensitive and it uses the bill to find food underwater.

The platypus’s habitat is always near water. This duck billed creature is more common in the Southeast than the Northern parts of Australia because there is a less chance of flooding. There are also fewer predators like the water rat, eels, crocodiles, and other large fish. Sometimes they are taken by worm bait. Some places they would be found are in streams, rivers, and tropical swamps. Some people say that platypuses do not always live in freshwater. They are sometimes found in brackish and salt water. They also have burrows underground near the water.

The platypus’s behavior is unique. This animal is extremely shy. It only lives with one or two other platypuses. It is also nocturnal. It avoids fights by swimming away. My animal eats bug larva, fresh water shrimp, frogs and more. Males and females usually stay away from each other except during mating season.

Instead of giving live birth the platypus lays eggs. This animal is the only mammal that lays eggs except its relative the echidna. In a way, the platypus is like a reptile because they both lay leathery eggs. The female lays one to three eggs at a time and two eggs is the average amount.

As you can see the platypus is an extremely unique animal. So I just told you about platypuses’ strange appearance, its unique behavior, its habitat, and its eggs.

By William

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