Have a Merry and Relaxing Christmas
Platypuses, along with echidnas, are the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young. In warmer environments, such as Queensland, platypus are smaller, with Tasmanian platypuses often much bigger.
Platypuses close their eyes, ears and nose when underwater. The only sensory system they use when foraging for small water animals such as insect larvae, freshwater shrimps, and crayfish, is touch. They have touch receptors in their bills.
You are more likely to see a platypus going for a walk in Tasmania than anywhere else because there is a lack of natural predators here. This platypus has walked and climbed onto some Christmas baubles for some Christmas relaxation and a spot of gentle swaying in the breeze.
This print is printed on William Turner 310gsm print version textured water colour paper, which retains the look and feel of water colour paintings. No wonder I have so many people ask me if the print is an original painting!
A-4 and A-3 sizes of "Have a Merry and Relaxing Christmas" are a Limited Edition print run of 100, numbered, titled and signed by me, the artist.
The A-2 size of "Wombat Festivities" is a Limited Edition print run of 30, numbered, titled and signed by me, the artist.
The A-1 size of "Wombat Festivities" is a Limited Edition print run of 10, numbered, titled and signed by me, the artist.
This image is also available as a greeting card.
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