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By lobster 25 November 2008 32

I have a friend from America coming to visit me just after Christmas.

One of the things she said that she wanted to do was to see a platypus in the wild.

Platy

So, does anyone know of any places around the ACT area where the platypi hang out?

Are they even in the area?

Any other information regarding the platypodes?

Thank you

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ant 3:46 pm 03 Dec 08

justbands said :

Errr….the willows were ripped out for a very good reason. They are hugely damaging to the environment here. The platypus probably love the fact that those particular pest trees are gone now.

errr, no. The platypuses don’t care if a tree is native or not, but htey need the environment provided by mature tree roots to burrow in. That environment is now gone.

At Bungendore, the exotic tree nazis tried to do the same thing with the Turallo Creek willows, and Landcare stopped them. Why? Becauase pulling out all the trees will-nilly causes damage and bank erosion, plus it’s ugly.

the solution they are applying is to plant desirable (native) trees, and use the mature willows as nursery trees. wait until the new trees have grown to a useful size, then stage a gradual removal of the willows.

Thumper 2:45 pm 03 Dec 08

I love platypus but I can only eat one.

justbands 2:37 pm 03 Dec 08

> Not sure you’d see many outt hat way now though, since all the willows got ripped out, there wouldn’t be much shelter close to the banks for them.

Errr….the willows were ripped out for a very good reason. They are hugely damaging to the environment here. The platypus probably love the fact that those particular pest trees are gone now.

mossrocket 2:35 pm 03 Dec 08

Oh – the ones seen in Queanbeyan are mutant ducks…

mossrocket 2:34 pm 03 Dec 08

In the creek that runs through Braidwood there are several shy little platypii (not sure if that’s the right plural – but it’s cool sounding)

Also – the creeks in the Monga National Park (off the Kings Hwy near the Clyde Mountain) are full of the little freaks…

Igglepiggle 7:31 pm 25 Nov 08

If you want to go a bit out of town, Bombala is renowned for them…

shanefos 4:05 pm 25 Nov 08

I saw a platypus in the Queanbeyan River a few years back as well.
My wife and I also saw one in Lake Burley Griffin out near Duntroon (which we both thought was kind of weird). We thought it might be a water rat but after watching it paddling about for a few minutes, there was no mistaking that it was definitely a platypus. Not sure you’d see many outt hat way now though, since all the willows got ripped out, there wouldn’t be much shelter close to the banks for them.

kathysav 4:04 pm 25 Nov 08

Saw one a few months ago in the QBN river at Molongo Gorge at sunset. Park at the carpark, walk quietly until you see the first big pool and wait. Watch for the ripples.

You will really only see the ripples and a small bit of bill – they don’t swim on top of the water.

Tidbinbilla is probably a better bet.

ant 3:47 pm 25 Nov 08

Used to see one/some in Woolshed Creek on a regular basis, but all the roadwork/tree-murdering nonsense around there might have affected them.

lobster 3:46 pm 25 Nov 08

Just checked and they do have platypuses at Taronga.

Thank you again

lobster 3:45 pm 25 Nov 08

Thank you for all your help people.

Looks like Tidbinbilla will be the best bet.

We will be going to Taronga zoo as well. They have platys there do they?

Hamilton 3:34 pm 25 Nov 08

Not sure about live platypus, but if you take her to Fyshwick or Mitchell she can see some live Beavers!! Sorry – someone had to say it!!

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