Platypus are monotremes. They are one of two unique egg laying mammals found in Australia, the Echidna is the other.
Platypus are one of our most extraordinary animals.
They are semi-aquatic mammal that lays eggs. Male Platypuses (or platypodes) can grow up 60cm long and weigh up to 3kgs. Females weigh up to 1.7kg.
IN prehistoric times Platypus grew to be 1mt long.  They are only found in Eastern and South Eastern Australia in fresh water creeks and rivers.
Platypus have webbed feet so they are expert swimmer who can propel themselves using their feet and tail to propel themselves through the water.
they have brown waterproof fur that is soft and a rubbery “duck bill” to dig their food on the river bed.
Platypus lay their eggs in burrows away from the river and they walk on their knuckles to protect the webbing on their feet.  They are active at dawn and dusk when they search for their food with. They search for insect larvae, freshwater shrimps, and crayfish with sensitive electroreceptors on their bills.
The Platypus is one of very few venomous mammals in the world. The spur on the male’s hind foot is connected to a venom-secreting gland. The venom is not dangerous for humans.


Habitat destruction and waterway pollution threaten all platypus because they depend on healthy freshwater systems
Large Scale farming that extracts vast amounts of water from rivers and, dams and diverts water flow has a big impact on the water quality for Platypus.
Water quality and in-stream habitat (such as submerged logs) are critical so degradation of these elements is a threat.
Run-off from pasture that includes pesticides, also degrades Platypus habitat.



Tiny Toy 21cm

Small Puppet 32cm

Large Puppet 46cm

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General information about our animals

All our Puppets and toys are hand made from materials made in an environmentally sustainable.
All runoff from dyes used is contained and disposed of in an ecologically safe way.   All materials are fire-resistant and have been tested under a flame.

All patterns are drawn by hand first and then shaped into the three-dimensional shape that is meticulously worked with by producing many samples until the spirit of the animal is revealed and comes to life when it is used. (by the puppeteer!)
We deliberately use old methods of cutting the material by a small hand machine then sewn by hand and on machines both in Nanjing and In Melbourne.
This is achieved by a small group of women.

( see our History to see the development of Secret Gully puppets and Endangered Animals Australia)



 Whilst we are not perfect yet…

All our animals can be cared for with ease to break the cycle of buy and throw-away world of consumerism

We believe that children can and must learn to take care of their material world.

Learning to care for our animals will encourage them to take care of their surroundings at home and in the wider world.

All our animals can be:

  • Washed by hand or gentle machine wash…( in cold water only)
  • Successfully Brushed and combed to bring them back to life…
  • Repaired with a simple needle and cotton.

Additional information


Large, Small Puppet, Tiny Toy


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