Baby Macleay River Turtles

The Macleay River Turtle (Emydura macquarii dharra) is found in the clear, sandy bottomed Macleay and Hasting Rivers on the south eastern coast of Australia between Brisbane and Sydney. It was given the name “Dharra” by the Aboriginal people who inhabit this species’ range. Like many Australian turtles, Emydura macquarii is an excellent swimmer, doing much of it’s hunting and feeding in or under water.This very rare turtle readily eats anything it can catch, from small crustaceans and terrestrial insects to some water plants.The largest recorded size was an 18.5cm Female but in captivity around 15cm is about average maximum size. A very popular Turtle as it only grows to less than half the size of its close relative the Murray Turtle (Emydura macquarii macquarii).

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