Sunday, January 15, 2012
Brisbane Short-necked Turtle
This is a Brisbane Short-necked Turtle that I spotted in a local creek near where I live. I took these photos on 14 March 2009.
The Brisbane Short-necked Turtle (Emydura signata) is a freshwater species that inhabits standing water bodies and permanent slow-moving streams. Its carapace (upper shell) is approximately 20-23 cm long. A distinguishing feature of this turtle is that it has a white stripe along the side of its face.
This particular turtle has its shell coated with algae, giving it excellent camouflage.