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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Testudines
Family  Chelidae
Scientific name  Emydura
Rank  Genus
Phylum  Chordata
Suborder  Pleurodira
Subfamily  Chelodininae
Higher classification  Chelidae
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Lower classifications  Red‑bellied short‑necked turtle, Murray River turtle, Brisbane Short‑necked Turtle

Red bellied short necked turtle emydura subglobosa

The Australian short-necked turtles, Emydura, are a genus of turtles in the family Chelidae. It was paraphyletic with Elseya. Consequently, it was split into two genera Myuchelys and Elseya by Thomson & Georges, 2009. They can grow quite large, 30 cm or more is not unusual and have a life span of around 20–30 years. They generally do not hibernate as their warmer climate lets them remain active all year round; they also spend more time in the water than other varieties. They are considered omnivore but rely on a constant supply of meat to remain healthy, feeding on basically anything that will fit into their mouth. They are characterised by a white strip starting at their nose and leading down their neck, as well as a more rigged shell. In Australia, the public require a basic reptiles licence to purchase these animals; taking from the wild is strictly prohibited. Species and notable subspecies arranged according to most recent review of Georges & Thomson, 2010 are:


Emydura Northern yellowfaced turtle Emydura tanybaraga at the Australian
  • Macquarie turtle, Emydura macquarii, Gray, 1830
  • Murray river turtle, Emydura macquarii macquarii
  • Krefft's turtle, Emydura macquarii krefftii
  • Fraser island short-neck turtle, Emydura macquarii nigra
  • Cooper creek turtle, Emydura macquarii emmotti
  • Red-bellied short-necked turtle or Jardine River Turtle, Emydura subglobosa, Krefft 1876
  • Red-bellied short-necked turtle, Emydura subglobosa subglobosa
  • Worrell's short-necked turtle, Emydura subglobosa worrelli
  • Northern yellow-faced turtle, Emydura tanybaraga, Cann, 1997
  • Victoria river red-faced turtle, Emydura victoriae, Gray 1841

  • Emydura Emydura tanybaraga The Reptile Database

    Murray river short neck turtle macqurie short neck turtle emydura macquarii feeding

    Emydura CalPhotos Emydura tanybaraga Northern Yellowfaced Turtle
    Emydura Emydura Wikipedia
    Emydura Redbellied shortnecked turtle Emydura subglobosa by Ellen Nicol


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