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Council Program Protects Endangered Mary River ‘Punk Rocker’ Turtle

Mary River Turtle (Elusor macrurus)

The Sunshine Coast community is passionate about turtles, but many people may not know about the Mary River Turtle – often referred to as the punk rocker turtle, thanks to the mohawk of moss that sprout from its head.

The Mary River Turtle is an endangered species found nowhere else in the world but the Mary River catchment.

Sunshine Coast Council has now implemented a program designed to protect this special creature from predation by feral animal species.

The Mary River Turtle is listed as the 29th most endangered reptile species on the plant by the Zoological Society of London EDGE program (Evolutionary Distinct and Globally Endangered) and is listed as endangered under the Queensland Government Nature Conservation Act and the Commonwealth Government Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

The program will be discussed in detail on Tuesday.

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