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Australia's 'punk turtle' risks being last of the Mohicans

Australia's 'punk turtle' risks being last of the Mohicans

The turtle is a native of Queensland and can only be found in the Mary River with green hair shaped similar to a Mohawk and the ability to breathe through its genitals, making it standout from most other turtles, News.com wrote.

The reptile also has unmissable long fleshy growths under its chin and can breathe through its genitals.

Despite the listing, The Guardian wrote that the Australian government does not have a national recovery plan to protect the Mary River turtle from extinction and it is unclear whether any federal government funds have been put aside for its protection.

The rebellious fashion choice of the Mary river turtle has caught the attention of netizens.

It was first identified by scientists in 1994 but has quickly become one of the world's most endangered species.

The butt breather can stay underwater for up to three days.

"The Mary River Turtle spends so much time submerged underwater that some individuals become covered in algae-and can end up with some pretty impressive bright green hairstyles!"

The Round Island keel-scaled boa
The Round Island keel-scaled boa

The 40cm-long turtle's path to becoming endangered was helped by its popularity as a pet in the 1960s-70s that led to its nests being pillaged.

It lives only in the Mary River from which it took its name.

Already on the Queensland Endangered Species List, the Mary River turtle is notable because it is a cloacal ventilator, which means it breathes oxygen using special glands in the orifice used for reproduction and excretion. But, none of these reptiles behave like Mary River.

Mary River turtles, also known as the "penny turtle", are a freshwater turtle that's indigenous to the Mary River, which is in southeast Queensland, Australia.

The turtle's habitat is not fully protected, Mr Cann said, and the introduction of new fish species to the waterway also threatened juvenile turtles.

A statement from the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection a year ago said that the University of Queensland was looking at habitat requirements and threats to the Mary River turtle, but that more information was needed to know how to protect it.

"They survived for millions of years with their numbers quite good but along come the.fox and the pigs". The highest-ranking reptile is the Madagascar big-headed turtle, which is at risk due to human exploitation for food and trade.

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