Friday, May 23, 2014

The Punk Turtle.

In the Mary River in Australia, found a turtle with a very peculiar aspect: The Punk turtle. You see the name refers to its appearance, reminiscent of the punks of the 70s and 80s. Crest With that algae grow not only on the head but also by the shell. This allows, first hide from predators and the other as a shield.

Adults can reach two feet in length, and her eyes are clear bluish ... you have seen above a turtle with blue eyes? I do not .... well, actually I had not noticed.

Also known as short-necked turtle, and not have it be short, but maybe compared to other turtles themselves. In addition, it is noteworthy that it is the only turtle has is its long tail which is known as Arco Hemal a vestigial feature that has disappeared from all other existing turtles .... however, its function is not known.

Its scientific name is Elusor macrurus and although it was in the 70's very popular as a pet, is now in serious danger of extinction.