Wollumbinia latisternum — Saw-shelled Turtle
Also known as:
Serrated Snapping Turtle, Eastern Snapping Turtle, Saw-shelled Snapping Turtle, Eastern Snapping Tortoise
This species has been classified in the genera Elseya, Euchelymys, Emydura, and Myuchelys in addition to Wollumbinia, where it resides as of the fourth edition of Wilson and Swan's guide.
These turtles are quite common in rainforest lakes and streams in northeast Queensland. This one was swimming around with a dozen of its turtle pals just beneath the turtle-viewing platform at Lake Eacham.
Here is a complete list of the reptiles and frogs I saw on this trip to Australia.
Although these turtles are often called "snapping turtles", they are not closely related to the real snapping turtles of the Americas. They are also sometimes called "tortoises" though the rest of the world reserves "tortoise" for a group of terrestrial turtles.
We spent a few hours hanging out near likely platypus spots, but we never did see a platypus. Fortunately these turtles and the occasional Eastern Water Dragon were there to entertain us while we waited.
- Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles & Amphibians of Australia, Seventh Edition
- Hoser, R. T. 1989. Australian Reptiles & Frogs