Journal article

Burrow use by juvenile platypuses (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) in their natal home range

Jessica L Thomas, Marissa L Parrott, Kathrine A Handasyde, Peter Temple-Smith

JOURNAL OF MAMMALOGY | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

We determined patterns of burrow use by juvenile platypuses (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) in their natal home range, and evaluated associations between burrows and vegetation. Between March 2015 and March 2017, we captured seven juvenile platypuses along a 3-km stretch of Badger Creek, Victoria and fitted them with radiotransmitters. We recorded the locations of animals in their burrows daily while transmitters were attached (range: 14-132 days). Juveniles used 74 different burrows, with each using 11 ± 2 burrows. Overall, 65% of burrows (48) were used once, 22% (16) were used between 2 and 9 times (moderate-use), and 13% (10) were used frequently (> 10 times). No juveniles dispersed during the..

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We thank every volunteer who came out trapping on the overnight surveys. Thank you to M. White for assisting with the design and collection of data on the vegetation surveys and species identification in the quadrats. Thanks to M. Serena for discussing and comparing the findings from this study with her own work. This study was funded by Healesville Sanctuary, Holsworth Wildlife Trust, and Winifred Violet Scott Trust. It was conducted under Zoos Victoria Animal Ethics Committee approval ZV12014.