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Amazing Animals: Platypus

Duck or beaver? Thats the Question!

By Hina

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What animal has a bill, tail, webbed feet, spurs, eggs, claws, and venom? A platypus!  A platypus is a carnivore and is very rare. They mostly feed on a diet of shrimps, crayfish, insect larvae and worms. They usually live in the eastern part of Australia. Dr. Tom Grant is an expert on platypuses. He protects them and tells people about them. Platypuses are not usually recommended as a pet but you could still keep them as one. These animals are shy, elusive, very sensitive to noise and change in the quality of the water they swim in and are more active at night. They are, in fact, considered as a wild animal. It costs tons of thousands, if not a hundred thousand dollars to get one, including the proper licenses and habitat for one. In Australia, you will have a better chance of getting one because they will be more likely to have people who take care of sick ones or are allowed to have them for different reasons. But they are usually friendly as long as you don’t threaten them. Unfortunately, platypuses are an endangered species, and as a result, it’s illegal to export a platypus from Australia.

Sources:

http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platypus

http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/s2007/benrud_ryan/what_does_a_platypus_eat.htm

https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080610160444AATW8KI

Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6QHzIJO5a8

Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7ptN_5BWCc

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