They prefer slow moving waterways, creeks and ponds - rather than swift or large rivers and eat a variety of plants and animals, including Cane Toads [which is just one of the many reasons these turtles should be treasured].
|Showing the serrated scutes that give rise to it's common name|
|The nodules on the neck and chin are called tubercles|
The tubercles on the chin may help the turtle find crustaceans and other animals in murky water or dark conditions - but that's just a theory I have ... and I could be completely wrong.
|Litoria gracilenta just one of the many animals predated by Elseya|
According to people who keep them as pets, these Turtles are good natured and calm and I have no doubt they provide endless entertainment and fascination. In fact, I am seriously considering purchasing a couple myself.
Major threats to these little guys include pollution/drainage of waterways and believe it or not - traffic, as they tend to wander a bit in search of new territory's or mates and are often killed crossing roads. So keep an eye out esp in the dry season.
Turtles, just all around awesome animals eh? Have an excellent day :)