Australian short-necked turtles facts for kids
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Emydura, the Australian short-necked turtles, are a genus of turtles in the family Chelidae. It was paraphyletic with Elseya. Consequently, it was split into two genera Myuchelys and Elseya by Thomson & Georges, 2009. They can grow quite large, 30 cm or more is not unusual and have a life span of around 20–30 years. They generally do not hibernate as their warmer climate lets them remain active all year round; they also spend more time in the water than other varieties. They are considered omnivore but rely on a constant supply of meat to remain healthy, feeding on basically anything that will fit into their mouth.
They are characterised by a white strip starting at their nose and leading down their neck, as well as a more rigged shell. In Australia, the public require a basic reptiles licence to purchase these animals; taking from the wild is strictly prohibited.
- Northern red-faced turtle, Emydura australis, (Gray, 1841)
- Emydura gunaleni, Smales, McCord, Cann, & Joseph-Ouni, 2019
- Macquarie turtle, Emydura macquarii, (Gray, 1830)
- Murray river turtle, Emydura macquarii macquarii
- Krefft's turtle, Emydura macquarii krefftii
- Fraser island short-neck turtle, Emydura macquarii nigra
- Cooper creek turtle, Emydura macquarii emmotti
- Red-bellied short-necked turtle or Jardine River Turtle, Emydura subglobosa, (Krefft 1876)
- Red-bellied short-necked turtle, Emydura subglobosa subglobosa
- Worrell's short-necked turtle, Emydura subglobosa worrelli
- Northern yellow-faced turtle, Emydura tanybaraga, Cann, 1997
- Victoria river red-faced turtle, Emydura victoriae, (Gray 1841)
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