The Gulf Snapping Turtle is a brown to dark brown turtle growing to 35 cm. Part of a group of snapping turtles in the Elseya genus, known as the E. dentata complex, the Gulf Snapping Turtle differs from other members by its undulating (rather than straight) ‘seam’ between the humeral and pectoral shields, the second and third shields on its ‘plastron’ (the lower half of the bottom shell). The species has a white underbelly.
Gulf Snapping Turtle |
Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
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Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Elseya lavarackorum
The main potential threats to the Gulf Snapping Turtle include changes to hydrology; habitat loss or disturbance; and climate change.