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Western swamp turtle

western swamp turtle (Pseudemydura umbrina)
Perth region, Western Australia
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Pseudemydura umbrina - Siebenrock, 1901
Pronunciation  SUDE-em-ee-DUE-rah   um-BREE-nah
Etymology  Pseudemydura: 'false Emydura', after another genus of freshwater turtle.
umbrina: 'shaded'.
Other names   
Carapace length
Species avg: 15 cm
Clutch size
Range: 3 - 5
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Only recorded from a few areas in a narrow strip (3 to 5 km wide) of the Swan Coastal Plain, from about Guilford to near Bullsbrook (Burbidge & Kuchling 2000).

Currently there is only one viable, naturally occurring population.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Western Australia


Lives in swamps that contain water only during winter, aestivating during for six to nine months over summer.1

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