|Endangered Species: Platypus
A Christiansburg Elementary Project
Submitted by Jennifer at Christiansburg Elementary School
Christiansburg, VA, U.S.A.
Why Study This Topic?
I would like to find out what it eats?
I would like to know if it's a female or a male?
I would like to know if they are endangered?
I want like to know how many babies can be born at the sametime?
I would like to know want kind of shelter they have?
What Was Already Known
I know that the platypus eats yabbies, worms, incests,
and fish eggs. They look like a duck with web feet. They like to lay on
there backs out in the sun. Then lay in mud to cool off. Many years ago
hunters killed platypus for there fur.
Search for Information
There are three sources of things on platypus and
they are the Internet, Animal World, and The New Book of Knowledge. The
last one had a lot of interesting information in the story called "The
Description of Plant or Animal
The platypus weigh's about 700gms. A male weighs about
2kg. It has a duck-like beak and it's big too. The platypus is all brown
with webbed feet, and it has a big duck beak.
The platypus eats a huge amount of food. It usuaslly
feeds in the early hours of the day and at night. The platypus eats worms,
fish eggs, and insects. It's favorite food is fly larvae. It swims along
the bottom of the water to catch all it's food. The platypus is found all
over the eastern part of Australia. It lives in burrows, streams, ponds,
The male platypus has sharp poison spurs on its ankels,
and uses them to kill other animals. The spurs cause severe pains. They
can also kill small animals. They have long blunt claws to catch their
Reasons for Endangerment
Many years ago, hunters killed the platypus for it's
fur. If too many hunters kill platypus in large numbers they will be extinct.
Also, if too many rivers and creeks get dammed up with concrete the platypus
will be extinct. I feel mad because the people who make buildings are putting
concrete over the platypus' shelter or home.
There was a time when the platypus was endangered.
Then the government stepped in to stop the workers from building on top
of the platypus burrows. The government also stepped in to keep man from
killing the animal for its fur. Now, the government has passed new laws
that further protect the platypus.
What Was Learned
I learned many interesting things about the platypus.
People used to call the odd creature a water mole. I lso learned that the
platypus was first recorded in 1797. I learned that the duck billed platypus
was the strongest mammal.
Conclusions From Research
The New Book Of Knowledge  "Platypus and the Spiney
Anteater," Grolier Inc., Danbury, Connecticut, pages 331-332.
Encyclopedia of the Animal World: Platypus (1972). Elsvier
International Projects Ltd., London, pages 1439-1440.
here for more information on the Platypus!
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Last updated on March 12, 1997