Duck-billed platypus

Ornithorhynchus anatinus

Fascinating Facts


Crepuscular and semi-aquatic, they prefer rivers and streams with beds suitable for digging burrows. Platypuses are carnivores that feed on worms, crustaceans, and insect larvae. They hunt via electrosensory reception through their beak and scoop up gravel along with their food to grind up their prey, as they lack teeth.

Status in the Wild

Least Concern – IUCN 2008


Freshwater rivers and lakes in eastern Australia and Tasmania

Location in the Zoo

Mammals Zone of the Sculpture Learning Plaza

Animals & Exhibits