Sunday, October 19, 2008

Saw-shelled Turtle

Often spotted on the bank of 'Turtle Pool' at one end of our wetlands-dam, overlooked by Birdwing Bungalow, are several of these Saw-shelled Turtles (Elseya latisternum). They grow up to about 30cm, or 12 inches, and are one of only 16 freshwater species in Australia. They feed on molluscs, fish, crustaceans and start breeding in September, laying up to 20 eggs in the banks of creeks and waterways.

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