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A Field Guide to Animal Tracks by Olaus Johan Murie

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1988)(Table 6). The major fatty acids of the triglycerides of their milk are palmitic, stearic, palmitoleic, oleic, linoleic, linolenic and arachidonic with the other fats comprising long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (Griffiths et al. 1984). When considering carbohydrates, the milk has a mean hexose content of 33%, of which nearly half is L-fucose. Of the total monosaccharides present in acid hydrolysates of the water-soluble carbohydrates, L-fucose constitutes 33%, D-galactose 29%, glucosamine 20%, D-glucose 11% and sialic acid 7% (Messer and Kerry 1973; Messer et al.

Mating generally occurs from July or August in Queensland, August–September in New South Wales and Victoria and even later in Tasmania. Mating and egg laying occur in July to November with young emerging from the burrow between December and March (Temple-Smith 1973; Carrick 1995; Grant 1995; Temple-Smith and Grant 2001). 1 Wild Both males and females can breed from two years of age until death. 2 Captivity Platypus have only been bred and raised to adulthood, to date, on four occasions in captivity.

Grant pers. ; Grant and Dawson 1978b). 6 Release from the box Once at the new location, the platypus should be placed in a nest box, preferably one that has come with it from its previous facility so that it has a familiar smell. It will then be able to explore the tunnel system and find the feed tanks as it becomes more familiar with its new enclosure. Ideally, the new enclosure would be an exact replica of the old one so that it is familiar with the tunnel system. Moving to new facilities is almost always very stressful to the platypus so anything that can be done to assist it settling in is always a great advantage.

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