Animal Update - April 11
Published April 11, 2014
Mary River Turtle in Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes
A Mary river turtle is now on exhibit in our Animal Planet Australia exhibit!
Australia's largest species of freshwater turtle can only be found in the southeastern region of Queensland's Mary River - the derivative of its common name. Due to its isolated range and a high pet trade demand for the species in the '60s and '70s, the Mary river turtle is currently one of the top 25 most endangered turtle species in the world.
Did you know? The tail of a Mary river turtle is lined with gill-like structures, which they use to extract oxygen from the water and remain submerged for long periods of time!
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