THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA - TURTLES

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TURTLES Tortoises Chelonii Testudines

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TURTLES OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA - SPECIES LIST

ORDER: Testudines

FRESHWATER TURTLES
Family:Cheluidae

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Common Name

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Scientific Name
(External Links)

Distribution

(Distribution key and map at bottom of page)

Broad-Shelled River Turtle

Chelodina expansa
(Subgenus: Chelydera)

NSW, Qld, SA, Vic

Eastern Snake-necked Turtle or Common Long-necked Tortoise

Chelodina longicollis
(Subgenus: Chelodina)

NSW, ACT, Qld, SA, Vic
(Tas - introduced)

* Macquarie Turtle or Common Short-necked Turtle
(Status Uncertain)

Emydura macquarii macquarii (Proposed new name Emydura macquarii) (Status Uncertain)

NSW, ACT, SA, Vic

* Cooper Creek Turtle
(Status Uncertain)

(Proposed new name Emydura emmotti) (Status Uncertain)

SA, Qld (Lake Eyre Basin)


 

SEA TURTLES (Marine)
Family: Cheloniidae


Note that although Sea Turtles may stray into or spend time in cooler water, the females must return to warmer climates to lay their eggs.

Common Name

(Internal Links)

Scientific Name
(Subgenus in parentheses)

(External Links)

Distribution

(Distribution key and map at bottom of page)

Loggerhead Turtle

Caretta caretta

(All States)

Green Turtle

Chelonia mydas japonica

(All States)

Pacific (or Olive) Ridley Turtle

Lepidochelys olivacea

(NT, Qld?, WA, Vic, SA)

Leathery or Luth Turtle

Dermochelys coriacea

(All States)

LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLE (Marine)
Family: Dermochelyidae

Common Name

(Internal Links)

Scientific Name
(Subgenus in parentheses)

(External Links)

Distribution

(Distribution key and map at bottom of page)

Leathery or Luth Turtle

Dermochelys coriacea

(All States)

 

Sliders (INTRODUCED)
Family:Emydidae

Common Name

(Internal Links)

Scientific Name
(Subgenus in parentheses)

(External Links)

Distribution

(Distribution key and map at bottom of page)

* Red-eared Slider - INTRODUCED

Trachemys scripta elegans

ACT?, NSW, Qld (From USA, introduced into many countries)

NOTE THAT THE RED EARED SLIDER HAS NOT BECOME ESTABLISHED IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA YET, HOWEVER IT HAS BEEN INCLUDED SO THAT YOU CAN IDENTIFY IT SHOULD YOU COME ACROSS ONE

 

DISTRIBUTION KEY

Click on the abbreviation below to see a map of the area

CKI = Cocos (Keeling) Island

NSW = New South Wales

Qld = Queensland

Tas = Tasmania

Vic = Victoria

ACT = Australian Capital Territory
(Canberra region only - excludes Jervis Bay Territory)

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LINKS OF INTEREST

Freshwater Turtles of South Australia
South Australian Museum


The Marine Reptiles of South Australia
South Australian Museum


Click here for more Information about Australian Turtles and Tortoises

TURTLES, TORTOISES AND CROCODILES
FROM AROUND THE WORLD

John Fowler

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