“Puggles” the Platypus – Custom Designed Playground
Length – 2260mm
Width – 1175mm
Height – 600mm
Platypus 2.5m long (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)
Platypuses and (or platypodes) grow up to 60cm in length. And are endemic to the east and south-eastern Australia including Tasmania.
They are mostly, nocturnal sleeping in chambers at the end of riverbank burrows.
It is celebrated as one of Australia’s most unusual mammals and one of only two monotremes in the world, along with the echidna, the only other egg-laying mammal in the world which suckles its young.
It is one of the very few venomous mammals in the world, the male possessing a spur on the rear legs.
They use electro-reception to locate their prey of mostly invertebrates, including tadpoles, worms, snails and shrimps. The duck-like bill is flexible ruby and feels like suede.
Prehistoric platypuses grew much larger and the fossil record includes animals up to 1 metre in length.
1. Rotary Park in Jimbooma – See our case study project
2. Currumbin Sanctuary
Platypus – larger than life-size sculpture
Custom Designed Playground