It’s a punk rocker! It’s a troll doll! Oh no, wait – it’s just another remarkable species on the brink of extinction. The Mary River turtle (Elusor macrurus) is like no creature you’ve ever seen before, and there’s definitely a reason for that.
The 40cm-long water turtle – complete with wide nostrils, chin fingers and sometimes a nice algae hairdo – can only be found on the Mary River in Queensland, Australia. It’s also one of the most endangered species on the planet. That’s why the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has now ranked the Mary River turtle 29th on a new list of the most vulnerable reptile species.
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