Fun Facts

Murray River Turtles play a critical role in maintaining the health of our rivers. They are scavengers and eat dead fish and other animals in the water, as well as algae, which helps keep the rivers clean.

Like other freshwater turtles, Murray River turtles have a thin, transparent third eye-lid which covers their eye whilst they are submerged to allow them to see effectively under water.

Murray River Turtles rarely come out of the water, but they do sometimes come onto land to bask in the sun, lay eggs or if they need to travel over land to reach other bodies of water.  

Murray River Turtles are very slow growing and do not become adults until they are 10 years old.

The Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 Threatened List, June 2023, lists the Murray River Turtle as Critically Endangered.
The South Australian National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972, June 2023, lists the Macquarie River Turtle as Vulnerable.