Mrs. Kaye

'Butt breathing' punk haired turtle is now officially an endangered species

My Schedule (F201):

Period 1: AP Biology

Period 2: AP Biology

Period 3: Honors Biology

Period 4: Honors Biology

Period 6: Honors Biology

Period 7: Prep

The Zoological Society of London's Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangeredspecies organization placed the turtle at No. 30 on its list of the top 100 "evolutionarily unique and threatened" species of reptile.

Mary River Turtle

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Reptilia

Order: Testudines

Family: Chelidae

Genus: Elusor

Species: marcrurus

Unbeknownst to the Mary river turtle, the Australian species has been labelled a punk.

Perhaps it's the little green mohawk, made of algae strands that grow on its body, or the novel fact that it breathes through its genitals (sometimes for three days in a row)—but the Mary river turtle became a sensation after news came out that it was already on the road to extinction.

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By Sarah Gibbens