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A Listing of South Australian Turtles,Tortoises and Sliders

ORDER: Testudines

FRESHWATER TURTLES
Family:Cheluidae

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Common Name

(Internal Links)

Scientific Name
(External Links)

Distribution

(Distribution key and map at bottom of page)

Broad-Shelled River Turtle

Chelodina expansa

NSW, Qld, SA, Vic

Eastern Snake-necked Turtle or Common Long-necked Tortoise

*Chelodina longicollis

NSW, ACT, Qld, SA, Vic
(Tas - introduced)

*Macquarie Turtle or Common Short-necked Turtle
(Status Uncertain)

Emydura macquarii

NSW, ACT, SA, Vic

*Cooper Creek Turtle
(Status Uncertain)

Emydura emmotti
(was Emydura macquarii emmotti )

SA, Qld (Lake Eyre Basin)


 

SEA TURTLES (Marine)
Family: Cheloniidae


Note that although Sea Turtles may stray into or spend time in cooler water, the females must return to warmer climates to lay their eggs.

Common Name

(Internal Links)

Scientific Name
(Subgenus in parentheses)

(External Links)

Distribution

(Distribution key and map at bottom of page)

Loggerhead Turtle

Caretta caretta

(All States)

Green Turtle

Chelonia mydas japonica

(All States)

Pacific Ridley Turtle

Lepidochelys olivacea

(NT, Qld?, WA, Vic, SA?)

Leathery or Luth Turtle

Dermochelys coriacea

(All States)

LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLE (Marine)
Family: Dermochelyidae

Common Name

(Internal Links)

Scientific Name
(Subgenus in parentheses)

(External Links)

Distribution

(Distribution key and map at bottom of page)

Leathery or Luth Turtle

Dermochelys coriacea

(All States)

 

Sliders (INTRODUCED)
Family:Emydidae

Common Name

(Internal Links)

Scientific Name
(Subgenus in parentheses)

(External Links)

Distribution

(Distribution key and map at bottom of page)

* Red-eared Slider - INTRODUCED

Trachemys scripta elegans

ACT?, NSW, Qld (From USA, introduced into many countries)

NOTE THAT THE RED EARED SLIDER HAS NOT BECOME ESTABLISHED IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA YET, HOWEVER IT HAS BEEN INCLUDED SO THAT YOU CAN IDENTIFY IT SHOULD YOU COME ACROSS ONE

 

DISTRIBUTION KEY

Click on the abbreviation below to see a map of the area

CKI = Cocos (Keeling) Island

NSW = New South Wales

Qld = Queensland

Tas = Tasmania

Vic = Victoria

ACT = Australian Capital Territory
(Canberra region only - excludes Jervis Bay Territory)

Australia map


The Marine Reptiles of South Australia

SA Museum

Click here for more information about Australian Turtles

CHECKLIST AND COMMON NAMES OF SOUTH AUSTRALIAN REPTILES
S.A. Museum

Freshwater Turtles of Australia by John Cann

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Updated March 13, 2019

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