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Scientific Name: 
Emydura macquarii
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Reptilia
Genus: 
Emydura
Species: 
macquarii

Photo by Tamara Bell.

The Macquarie Turtle is also known as the Murray River Turtle. Turtles rarely leave the safety of the water but females swim ashore to nest. They scrape out burrows on river banks with their large, clawed feet. When the brittle-shelled eggs hatch the young turtles must fend for themselves.

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