Fitzroy River turtle (Rheodytes leukops)

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Fitzroy river turtle on ground
IUCN Red List species status – Vulnerable VULNERABLE

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  • Known as the ‘bum breathing turtle’, the Fitzroy River turtle is able to breathe using either its lungs or its cloaca.
  • Foraging on the river bed, the Fitzroy River turtle has a broad diet including aquatic invertebrates and freshwater sponges.
  • The Fitzroy River turtle is found in rivers with large deep pools in Australia.
  • The Fitzroy River turtle is threatened by predation of eggs as well as habitat loss.
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Fitzroy River turtle description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassReptilia
OrderTestudines
FamilyChelidae
GenusRheodytes (1)

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Fitzroy River turtle status

Classified as Vulnerable (VU) on the IUCN Red List (1)

IUCN Red List species status – Vulnerable

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Glossary

Cloaca
A common cavity into which the reproductive, digestive and urinary systems open in birds, reptiles, amphibians, most fish and some primitive mammals.
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References

  1. IUCN Red List (March, 2010)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org
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Fitzroy river turtle on ground

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