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Saw-shelled Turtle

Myuchelys latisternum


When I first spotted this turtle in the distance I thought it to be a Brisbane Short-necked Turtle, the most common turtle in the Brisbane river catchment area (see signage found at the gardens on the last pic). On examination of the pics I believe it to be a Saw-shelled Turtle, based on the spiny neck, serrated carapace along the rear edge and a large head shield.


A large pond at Mt Coot-tha Botanical gardens, established on subtropical woodlands.


This short-necked turtle is also locally known as snapping turtle because of its fierce bite. Primarily carnivorous, the Saw-shelled Turtle eats fish, tadpoles, insects and frogs. It is one of only a few native Australian species capable of safely consuming the poisonous introduced cane toad, Rhinella marina.

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The MnMs
The MnMs 5 years ago

I wonder if they put misleading signs on purpose to challenge you to see the difference :-)

DanielePralong 5 years ago

Glad you liked it Neil!

NeilDazet 5 years ago

Great series Daniele! I enjoyed the photos and the information!

DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thanks agustina1!

DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thanks Luis!

LuisStevens 5 years ago

Great series and info Daniele.

DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thank you cbenito00!

cbenito00 5 years ago

Soo cute! It's like he is modeling for the camera! Good job!

DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thanks Caleb!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 5 years ago

wow, very nice series danielle!

DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thanks for your comment and for the confirmation Neil. I've added pic of the sign the gardens have at the same pond; I hope they are aware there is at least one other turtle species there as well :-)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 5 years ago

These are excellent photos, Daniele. I think you're absolutely correct with your ID. I have a shot of the rear edge of the carapace and it is definitely serrated. The Brisbane Short-necked Turtle (Emydura macquarii signata) carapace isn't serrated, nor does it have the spiny nape shown here. Well done on spotting these features.

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Lat: -27.48, Long: 152.98

Spotted on Apr 6, 2014
Submitted on Apr 25, 2014

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