Genital-breathing 'punk turtle' joins endangered species list

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The Mary River turtle can remain underwater for up to three days by breathing through special glands in an orifice used for reproduction and excretion.

With its punk-rock hair and ability to breathe through the genitals, the "punk turtle" is certainly one of a kind.

Sadly these little legends have been added to a new list of the most vulnerable reptiles in the world by the Zoological Society of London. First established in 2007, Edge lists have previously been published for amphibians, birds, corals and mammals, helping guide conservation priorities for 100 most at-risk species.

The Mary River turtle joins a host of other reptiles on the Endangered List, including the world's largest sea turtle, the leatherback and the gharial, a freshwater crocodile once common across much of Asia but now confined to a handful of rivers in northern India and Nepal. "This is not only from the Mary River, this is right through eastern Australia", John Cann, turtle enthusiast, said.

It is also listed as an endangered species under Queensland's Nature Conservation Act 1992 and the 1999 Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, according to the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy.

Madagascan big-headed turtle
Madagascan big-headed turtle

The destruction of the natural habitat through the building of dams, soil erosion, and water and soil pollution and the collection of the eggs for the pet trade also contributed to the turtle's survival pressure.

Almost 20 years later, John Cann, a Sydney-based turtle enthusiast, rediscovered the turtle in the Mary River in Queensland.

Mary River turtles can be found in south-east Queensland, Australia, and became popular pets in the 1960s and 1970s.

This unusual turtle is one of several species of cloaca-breathing turtles, which breathe underwater using specialised glands in their reproductive organs.

"Just as with tigers, rhinos and elephants, it is vital we do our utmost to save these unique and too often overlooked animals. If we lose these species there will be nothing like them left on Earth". "Many EDGE reptiles are the sole survivors of ancient lineages".

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