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  1. Platypus by : Mia Basso

  2. Classification • Kingdom: Animalia • Phylum: Chordata • Class: Mammalia • Order: Monotremata • Family: Ornithorhynchidae • Genus: Ornithorhynchus • Species: Ornithorhynchusatainus • Scientific name: Ornithorynchusatainus

  3. Physical characteristics • Size- 17-24 in. • Pelage- three layers • Appearance- brown • Made of- beaver, duck, otter • Feet- webbed Male/female differences- male bigger, male has stingers on ankle

  4. Distribution • Australia • Habitat- lakes, rivers, streams

  5. Conservation status • IUCN- least concerned • Popular trend- unknown

  6. Reproduction • Happens in water • 2-3 babies • Happens in August- November • 2- 4 years old to breed

  7. Parental care • 3-4 months • Babies stay warm in between tail and body of mom • Mom feeds baby until it can get food

  8. Longevity and mortality • 12-15 years • No difference between female and male • 17 years in captivity

  9. Seasonal patterns • Behavior does not change • No migration or hibernation • Undergoes torpor

  10. Diet • Bugs, Insects • They eat by putting the food in their mouth along with rocks and storing them in their cheek pouches and slowly consuming it.

  11. Predator • Hawks, eagles, owls, crocodiles, water-rats, pythons, goannas, foxes • They do not affect the conservation status

  12. Humans • They used to kill • Zoos, captivity, experiments • They do not affect them anymore

  13. Fun Facts • Scientists thought it was a hoax at first • Male has stingers on the back of its heels • Beaver part- tail • Duck part- bill and feet • Otter part- body and fur • Can stay underwater for 2-3 minutes • When threatened can stay under for 10 minutes • Strangest mammal • One of two mammals that lay eggs

  14. Works cited • animals.nationalgeographic.com. National Geographic Society, n.d. Web. 23 Feb.      2013. <http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/      platypus/>. • bioweb. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2013. <http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/s2007/      benrud_ryan/what_does_a_platypus_eat.htm>. • Hutchins, Michael, et al., eds. Grzimeks Animal Life Encyclopedia. Illus. Joseph      Trumpey. 2nd ed. Vol. 12. N.p.: Gale, 2004. Print. Mammals 1. • thebigzoo. thebigzoo, 2013. Web. 29 Mar. 2013. <http://www.thebigzoo.com/      Animals/Duck-Billed_Platypus.asp>. • Wild Life and Plants of the World. Vol. 12. Tarrytown: Marshall Cavendish, 1999.      Print. • www.australianfauna.com. australian fauna, n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2013.      <http://www.australianfauna.com/platypus.php>.

  15. Hope you enjoy • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gM5TjSOQ48 The End !!!!!!!!