The platypus is a semi-aquatic mammal that usually resides in slow-moving rivers, creeks, lakes and dams. These billed mammals build burrows along the water’s edge, often among the tree roots. Luckily for us, the Moreton Bay Region is home to a plethora of waterways platypus call home.
You can play I Spy Platypi at your leisure in these platypus habitats:
Platypus have a large sensitive bill, flat tail, short legs and webbed front feet. They are often referred to as a combination of a duck, beaver and an otter. They often float low in the water, with their head and rump visible above the water line.
You should look out for circular ripples as these are created when a platypus dives. The best times to spot these animals Brisbane north of the city is at dawn and dusk when they are out and about in the water. Platypus are shy animals so try and keep quiet!
Platypus tend to eat crayfish, freshwater shrimps and a variety of insects. There’s plenty of those in our waterways — keeping the platypus full and content. They eat up to a third of their body weight per day — that’s a lot of insects!
Unfortunately, platypus are in danger due to visitors being unaware these billed water-dwelling mammals make their home in our waterways.
To help our platypus population thrive do not use traps or nets, such as yabby nets, or crab pots, do not litter, avoid soil erosion and keep pets secure around the waterways.
If you encounter any injured wildlife on your animal spotting adventures in our region please call the appropriate hotline, and ensure you understand how to handle, care and perform first aid on injured wildlife.
Looking for more local wildlife hot spots? Pop into one of the region's Accredited Visitor Information Centres, the volunteers have a wealth of knowledge about things to do and see in the Moreton Bay Region
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