Reporting Platypus Sightings
Do not pick up apparently sick or dying platypuses because the males have venomous spurs inside their hind legs and are capable of inflicting an extremely painful wound.
For advice on what to do with a sick or dying platypus contact the Wildlife Health Officer Annie.Philips@dpipwe.tas.gov.au, 03 6233 2265.
To monitor the status and distribution of platypuses, and the impact of Mucormycosis, we need to know where diseased platypuses currently are around Tasmania.
Help us by reporting observations of both diseased and healthy platypuses.
1. Email to Wildlife.Reception@dpipwe.tas.gov.au
Please describe in detail the condition of the platypus and the location of the sighting. A detailed description of the location is especially important if you don't have map or GPS coordinations for the locations. An example of a useful description would be:
2. Phone the Platypus Team
Michael Driessen - 03 6233 3751
Biodiversity Conservation Branch reception - 03 6165 4305
If you visit a particular creek, river or lake regularly, please see below.
Wildlife.Reception@dpipwe.tas.gov.auwith a detailed description of the exact location of the sighting and the condition of the platypus (see above) so we can add your observation to the database.
public walks information sheet.
The public walks information sheet is quick and simple to fill in and will help us monitor the disease status and persistence of platypus populations in Tasmania.
For people who revisit particular locations please describe the location you normally visit and then record the details of each visit to it and how many apparently healthy and diseased platypuses you see each time. It's just as important also to record each visit where no platypuses are seen, since absences are important information.
If any platypuses appear to have lesions or injuries, please indicate this in the Notes section of the form.
Contact: Biodiversity Conservation BranchBiodiversity Conservation Branch
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
134 Macquarie Street
HOBART TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 4305
Fax: 03 6233 3477
DPIPWE switchboard: 1300 368 550 (local call cost within Australia)
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