East Coast Freshwater Turtle Guide

Fisheries Queensland
February 2011

Guide summary

Queensland East Coast Freshwater Turtle Identification Guide for the Queensland Eel Fishery

The 'Queensland east coast freshwater turtle identification guide' was developed for use by commercial fishers operating in the Queensland Eel Fishery and contains only those freshwater turtle species that inhabit waters covered by that fishery.  The guide can also help recreational fishers identify turtle species.  All native turtles are protected wildlife in Queensland and must be released if caught accidentally.

The guide explains terms used to describe parts of freshwater turtle anatomy, provides a key by catchment, which includes diagrams and explanations and a photo identification key showing examples of freshwater turtles at the genus and species levels.

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