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Extreme droughts linked to climate change threaten the platypus' existence, scientists have warned.

Catastrophic bushfires cause platypus populations in south-east Australia to decline up to 18 per cent. #bushfires  #platypus  #wildlife 

Catastrophic bushfires cause platypus populations in south-east Australia to decline up to 18 per cent, bolstering calls to have species’ national conservation status changed to ‘vulnerable’ | @perkinsmiki 

OPINION: Rather unfairly, Australia is sans-otter but we make up for this bureaucratic oversight of Gondwanaland proportions by having the next best things: water-rats and platypus.

Spider, with platypus for scale, @jpwarren . I have now convinced the spider that it would be happier elsewhere.

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Ever seen a platypus? You'd have to travel to Australia for that. But a shrinking habitat there means the unique animal is threatened, say scientists

After scientists in the US discovered a glow-in-the-dark platypus, Australian scientists put other mammals and marsupials to the test.

“We have a deep responsibility for protecting our rivers and maintaining the amazing creatures that inhabit them.” Australia’s platypus habitat has shrunk by at least 22% in the past 30 years, Dr. Gilad Bino explains to @RumiMori26 . Stream for free:

“We have a deep responsibility for protecting our rivers and maintaining the amazing creatures that inhabit them.” Australia’s platypus habitat has shrunk by at least 22% in the past 30 years, @UNSW 's Dr. Bino explains to @RumiMori26 . Stream for free:

The duck-billed platypus is facing a shrinking habitat, which scientists say will lead to a decline in the species' numbers. They are calling on them to be listed as "threatened" - what do you think?

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Yeah, Well, Duck-Billed Platypus Thinks You Look Like Weird Little Freak Too

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"The platypus has declined right in front of our noses."

The platypus and the echidna are the only mammals that could make their own custard: they both lay eggs and produce milk.

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