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Platypus Breeding Cycle
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  • The size of the testes and sperm production in males captured between July and the end of October,  indicate that this is the main breeding period. 
  • There may be some overlap between the mating and lactation season however,  as females have been caught that were producing milk in late September.
  • It is assumed that gestation lasts about a month and incubation roughly ten days.
  • Lactation is known to take 3 1/2 months, this means  young that emerge  from the burrow in  February would have resulted from a mating that occurred in September.
Mating Season
Lactation Season

Information Courtesy of: ((1995) Grant, T. The Platypus)

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