have four freshwater and five marine Australian turtles in Cape York.
freshwater species are
small and live in the inland creeks and billabongs, while the marine species are large
and live in
The freshwater turtles
more numerous and easier to spot, while the marine turtles are much less common to see,
and face various threats.
Their eggs are eaten by monitor
and feral pigs, and most of the hatchlings are taken by birds, crabs
Adults can get killed
when striked by boats, get caught in fishing
nets, or mistaking a plastic bag for jellyfish
Green turtle is one of the most
and it is found along the coast of northern Australia between Shark Bay
in the west and Eyre Peninsula in the east (which is all the way to
South Australia). Even world wide it has a large distribution that
reaches to temperate waters, however its nesting sites are in the
Green turtle by
Trodel via Flickr.com
Loggerhead Turtle is
another common marine
with a very similar distribution between Exmouth and Adelaide in
Australia, and until the temperate waters world wide, but a little more
coastal (less in the open ocean) than the green turtle above.
Loggerhead Turtle by Life As Art
Hawksbill Turtle has a
between Ningaloo Reef in the west and the coast of southern New South
Wales in the east. And world wide it keeps closer to the tropics and
doesn't reach to temperate waters.
Hawksbill turtle by myheimu via
Flatback Turtle is the
only endemic turtles in Australia, found in the waters of
between Broome in the west and Brisbane in the east, and nowhere else
in the world.
Pacific aka Olive Riddle turtle By
Pacific aka Olive Ridley Turtle has the smallest distribution in
with only the Top End in the Northern Territory, and the northern half
of Cape York peninsula. World wide it is in tropical waters and closer
to the coasts rather than in the open ocean.
turtles are very common in Cape York.
You can often see
on the rocks and logs in freshwater creeks, gorges and also river
Some are short necked, others are long necked, most are shy animals
will glide into the water when they notice you.
They are much smaller than their marine cousins, however with a
70 year life span
they are not much shorter lived.
By Arthur Chapman via
Saw shelled turtle Elseya
is a common one, has a short neck, and is found from Cape York
peninsula in the north to northern New South Wales in the south. It
eats aquatic insects,
tadpoles, small fish and frogs, and it is one of the few native animals
that can feed on the poisonous introduced cane
Snapping turtle Elseya
dentata complex is another short necked one of our
freshwater turtles, and it lives in lagoons and rivers in sub coastal
Queensland between Cairns
in the north and Gympie in the south. It eats algae and other plant
material as well as small aquatic animals.
By Arthur Chapman via Flickr.com
Short Necked Turtle
Krefft's Short Necked Turtle Emydura
krefftii is also one of our short necked freshwater
turtles, and it is found in sub coastal Queensland from Princess
in the north to Gympie in the south (north of Brisbane in sourh east
by bsabarnowl via
Snake Necked Turtle and New Guinea Long Necked Turtle
These are two long necked turtles and the one found in Cape York is the
Guinea long necked turtle Chelodina
novaeguineae, while the other, eastern snake necked turtle
is found further south, from Whitsunday islands to Adelaide in
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