Short Neck Macquarie Turtle
Turtles are renowned for their longevity and provided your pet remains healthy, may live for thirty to seventy-five years in your care. This point should be taken into consideration before purchasing your pet to begin with. You may be choosing a friend for life! Most Australian freshwater turtles are very timid and shy, but within time will loose their fear and become accustomed to you and will recognise where their food comes from. There are many stories of keepers being amused while watching a turtles’ antics in their aquatic enclosures, and some go as far to say that they each have their own recognisable personalities.
There is NO such thing as a ‘Penny turtle’. This was merely a generalised term given to at least four species of turtle hatchlings including the Mary River turtle, the Saw-shelled turtle and the Southern-snapping turtle that were sold in pet shops and department stores in the 70’s. The poor husbandry advice given most often led to the turtle becoming ‘stunted’ or even dying. I believe that if more people keep our Australian freshwater turtles’ in captivity, the more knowledge we will gain from the experience and we will be better equipped to help them in the future. As pollution increases and swamplands are filled in for development, or rivers are dammed all in the name of progress, then we must make a concerted effort to monitor the effects that these impacts are having on our turtle populations.