Infographic: Platypus Facts

Mackay Platypus Infographic

Platypus Facts

  • Platypus are indigenous to Australia and are found in the eastern states.
  • Platypuses in Queensland are the smallest, weighing approximately 1KG, whereas ones found in Tasmania can be up to 3KG.
  • Platypus can be found 1-hour north of Mackay at Broken River in Eungella National Park and Oliver’s Pool near Finch Hatton Gorge.
  • Platypus have 40,000 electroreceptors on its bill that allow it to find food.
  • Platypus have a broad tail that stores fat for when food supply is low.
  • Platypus have a rubbery snout used to detect tiny electrical currents under water.
  • Platypus have webbed feet and paddle its duck feet like a bird.
  • Platypus have dense brown fur, sporting the fur of a mammal.
  • Platypus generally live for up to 17 years.
  • The scientific name for ‘Platypus’ is ‘Ornithorhynchus Anatinus’ which means ‘bird-snout, duck-like’.
  • This is how ‘Platypus’ is pronounced around the world: German – Schnabeltier; Italian – Ornitorinco; Japanese – Kamonohashi; Chinese – Yazulshou; Swedish – Nabbdjur.
  • Platypus can spend up to 10 minutes underwater but usually resurface more quickly.
  • Platypus have a diet of prawns, crayfish and larvae and store food in their cheeks and wait to resurface before eating.
  • Platypus mating season is between July-September.
  • Platypus hunt for food for up to 12 hours a day.
  • Platypus lay leathery eggs half an inch in length. The only other monotreme (a mammal that lays eggs) is the Echidna.

Source: http://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/wildlife/animals-az/platypus.html