Mount Emu Creek abounds in redfin and is the home of many platypuses. A scientific trapping survey
some years ago has confirmed that platypus are breeding successfully right in the heart of Skipton
The all night research session along the Mount Emu Creek was conducted by the Australian Platypus Conservancy, in collaboration with Skipton's Stewart
Park Committee. A baby female was one of six platypuses found in the 5 kilometre section of the creek.
Weighing in at just 680 grams, the tiny juvenile had probably only first
ventured out of her burrow a week or so previously. Geoff Williams, biologist with the Conservancy, said that the youngster was in really good condition and her presence confirmed that successful breeding is taking place in the township.
The best place to view these lovely little fellows is at the viewing platform in Stewart Park.