The Jardine River Painted Turtle has not been seen since 1989 and was thought to be extinct ! When some Cape York rangers and Scientists from Origin energy were doing a remote training exercise they trapped 24 of these turtles in the last 2 weeks but released them in the end. They believe the next thing to do is to put tracking devices on them to see where they are going.
Their biggest threat is feral pigs. They are thinking about fencing the feral pigs off in the wet season. The Jardine River Painted Turtle were about to be put on the Endangered species list. As they get older their tummy scales get pinker. I think this is the most beautiful turtle species ever! They live in Queensland's Cape York Peninsula. They can get to the size of an adults palm. These turtles are sacred to at least one Aboriginal group.
We are very lucky that we didn't lose this Turtle!
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