Jul 7, 2012

Western Swamp Tortoise (Pseudemydura umbrina)


Did you know?

That the Western Swamp Tortoise species are most threatened Australian turtles? Between 1963 and 2001, the numbers of turtles known living in the wild has fluctuated between 40 and 120.

The Western Swamp Tortoise is the smallest Australian short neck. The average length of the shell is about 13 cm. The head is very broad, flat and rounded. It has a large and short neck, as well as a pair of small weights on the chin. The neck is only retractable in the horizontal plane. The shell is broad and flat, and gray-brown or yellow-brown to black in color. The plastron is large, pale yellow to pale olive green, with dark pigmentation lining shields.

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