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Australian Fresh Water Turtles

Australian Fresh Water Turtles

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Identification Guide
Identification Guide

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Categories:Types, Research, Science
Published by: draculavanhelsing on Oct 05, 2011
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Mary River Turtle
Elusor macrurus
 A very large turtle! The neck of adults has smooth but distinctive blunt turbercles with two largebarbels on the chin. Mature adults have a unique tail, the females' is large, the males' even larger,being almost the length of the carapace. It also has haemal arches, meaning that it hooks unlikethe tail of any other reptile.
The Mary River turtle can grow to a whopping 460mm!
The carapace is smooth and streamlined.
Feeding Habits:
Omnivorous, adults eat primarily fruits and vegetation. The can also open shell fish using themouths and claws.
No longer under threat by the Traveston Dam crossing project, this turtle was one of the decidingfactors in the project being declined by Peter Garrett. Due to the continued work by AFTCRA,many hatchlings are released back into the wild each season in an attempt to bring the wildpopulations back to plentiful numbers.
Photos of Mary River Turtles:
Broad Shelled Turtle
Chelodina expansa
The head is broad and there are no barbels on this species. It has a long thin neck which retractscompletely when required for protection of sleeping
The expansa can grow to a size of 350 to a whopping 480mm carapace length!

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