Cutaneous Lesions in Freshwater Turtles (Emydura macquarii krefftii and Myuchelys latisternum) in a Rainforest Creek in North Queensland, Australia.
Wytamma Wirth, Elizabeth Elliott, Donna Rudd, Linda Hayes, Alicia Maclaine, Narges Mashkour, Shamim Ahasan, Jakob Gorm Dahl, Kezia Drane, Ellen Ariel
Front Vet Sci | Published : 2020
Freshwater turtles inhabit most rivers and creeks on the east coast of Australia, but some species are only found in specific catchments, which makes them vulnerable to extinction. During annual fieldtrips to Alligator Creek, North Queensland, the resident population of Myuchelys latisternum and Emydura macquarii krefftii in a natural pond, just outside Bowling Green National Park, have been surveyed for a number of years and demographic data recorded against tagged turtles. Rounded, cutaneous lesions on individual animals were first noted in August 2016, three years after the first survey of the population. Turtles living in the upstream sections of the creek were not affected. An initial i..View full abstract