Punk-looking turtle who breathes through its genitals added to endangered list

Punk-looking turtle who breathes through its genitals added to endangered list

Punk-looking turtle who breathes through its genitals added to endangered list

Otherwise known as the Mary River turtle because it is endemic to the Mary River in eastern Queensland, Australia, the Elusor macrurus was ranked No. 30 on the EDGE of Extinction list compiled by the conservation group ZSL for the London Zoological Society of London.

Mary River (Elusor macrurus), a weird turtle that breathes with its genitals and boasts a insane punk-like hairdo on occasions, is on the verge of going extinct.

The reproductive opening that it breaths through is also used for excretion.

In addition, it sports face furniture in the form of long fleshy barbels under its chin.

"This turtle is able to spend so much time underwater-up to three days-without coming up for air due to its odd ability to breathe through its bum", Rikki Gumbs of the Imperial College London, who helped compile the EDGE reptile list, told AFP.

The Mary River turtle is on the brink of extinctionThis Mary River turtle has a rather fetching punk hairdo made of green algae. This looks pretty fascinating but is actually the work of algae.

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The Mary river turtle is one of the most striking creatures on the planet, and it is also one of the most endangered. "However, the EDGE Reptile List highlights just how unique, vulnerable and fantastic these creatures really are", EDGE reptiles co-ordinator Rikki Gumbs said in a statement.

"Parts of the Mary River catchment have been cleared and heavily grazed, and on these reaches of the river, the turtle is threatened by the effects of increased runoff, siltation and pollution", the Queensland agency said.

Almost half a century ago, people fascinated by the weird turtle started keeping it as a pet.

The building of dams and collection of eggs for the pet trade have led to the decline of the species, according to EDGE.

In an interview with The Guardian the co-ordinator of Edge reptiles, Rikki Gumbs explained how reptiles tend to be overlooked in comparison to birds and mammals when it comes to conservation.

Commenting on the publication of the EDGE Reptiles ranking, ZSL's EDGE of Existence Programme Manager Dr Nisha Owen said: "When EDGE launched in 2007, our vision was to shine a light on those species that, if they were allowed to go extinct, would effectively take an entire branch of the Tree of Life with them. If we lose these species there will be nothing like them left on Earth".

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