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Kooyan: Late summer January-March

Eel season

Fitzroy River Turtle

This freshwater turtle has acquired quite a reputation as a bum breather. That’s right, it breathes through its backside. This special adaptation enables it to remain underwater for an incredible 21 days at a time to feed underwater for longer periods and hide from predators. This turtle can only be found in the Fitzroy Basin in south-eastern Queensland. Sadly, feral animals like foxes, cats, and pigs, as well as pollution, murky water, and sedimentation have rendered them Vulnerable according to the IUCN list of threatened species.

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