Murray River Turtle

Emydura macquarii

House Names: Sydney, Brody, and Petunia

Description: Murray river turtles have an olive or brown carapace (upper shell). Adult shell length may reach 12 inches.

Range: Southeastern Australia from south-central Queensland to northern Victoria and southeastern South Australia

Habitat: Murray river turtles are found in large rivers and lagoons.

Diet:
Wild: Fish, aquatic worms, crustaceans, insects, and aquatic plants
Zoo: Turtle pellets, earthworms, crickets, minnows

Reproduction: Following breeding females lay a clutch of 6-24 eggs in a riverbank during the months of Oct. to Dec.These eggs hatch in about  66-85 days.