Platypus sightings Winter 2009

Winter has again proven to be a great time to see the Platypus.
Dawn and dusk tours have been very successful with sometimes 3 or 4 Platypus feeding at the same time.

It has been found that the Platypus can hibernate during winter.
Research into Platypus activity from some areas indicates hibernation for up to 6 days. The Platypus lives off fat stored in their tail at this time.

Platypus sightings at Lake Elizabeth remain fairly constant through the year suggesting little or no hibernation. But without tracking devices to determine activity exact results are unknown.

Late Winter has been very wet with inches of rain falling.
The Platypus have been seen in all areas sometimes feeding in the one area for 5 min. They seem to swim greater distances in winter which could be due their food being more spread out or harder to find.

There has been some indication of breeding in early August with The Platypus seen swimming close to one another. There is observed to be a Platypus which swims longer distances on the surface and actively moves towards other Platypus in the area.

We will wait until February 2010 to see evidence of a new Baby Platypus in the Lake. This is a great opportunity to see a Baby Platypus in the wild, not to be missed.

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