AUSTRALIA GENITAL BREATHING TURTLE NOW ENDANGERED

AUSTRALIA GENITAL BREATHING TURTLE NOW ENDANGERED. An Australian river turtle with a distinctive green punk-rock hairstyle, two spikes under its chin and the ability to breathe through its genitals is on a new list of endangered reptiles issued by the Zoological Society of London, on April 12, 2018. The Mary River turtle, native to Queensland, Australia, has the unusual ability to breathe underwater through specialized glands in its cloaca -- a posterior opening for excretion and reproduction. This biological function allows the turtle referred to as a "butt breather" to stay underwater for up to three days. That ability also usually provides these turtles with a vibrant green mohawk, the result of algae growing on their heads because of the extended time spent submerged. Photo courtesy Agencies

Last Updated: 2018-04-13

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