FC: Platypus By Wyatt Jamison
1: Mrs. Lesnieski's First Grade Class 2011-2012 | Thank you to everyone who helped us with this project. We had many volunteers and peer mentors assist us. Thank you to the BR-H PTO, Dr. Bash Trust Fund, and the Bark River Lions Club for helping to fund the publishing of our books. We appreciate all of your help!
2: The platypus is nature's most unlikely animal.
3: A platypus is a mammal. It is one of two mammals that lay eggs. The echidna is the other mammal that lays eggs. | Baby Echidna | Echidna
4: A platypus has webbed feet like a duck, a tail like a beaver, and fur like an otter.
5: The male platypuses have sharp stingers on their feet. The stingers are poisonous. They use them for protection.
6: Platypuses eat insects, shellfish, and worms.
7: Some of the predators are owls, red foxes, feral cats, snakes, hawks, and eagles.
8: Female platypuses bury themselves in a burrow to lay their eggs. They lay one to three eggs at a time.
9: The eggs hatch in ten days. | The eggs are about the size of grapes.
10: The platypus infants are the size of a lima bean. | There is no official name for the platypus babies. A common, suggested name is platypup.
11: The mother platypus nurses her babies for four months.
12: When the babies are 4 months old, they can swim on their own.
13: They grow up to paddle with their front feet and steer with their hind feet.
15: Prey Large Attack Tail Young Paddle Unique Stingers
17: Platypus Small, hunter Swimming, playing, paddling Swimming through water slowly Duckbill
18: Other Interesting Facts The platypus walks on its knuckles with webbing tucked back when on land. The platypus tail is used for storing fat. Up to 50% of the animal's body fat is in the tail. The platypus bill is rubbery and flexible.
19: Glossary burrow - a hole in the ground hind - back mammal - animal that gives birth to live young and feeds young milk