Freshwater aquatic - Etienne Littlefair
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Saw-shelled turtle

I photographed this shy Saw-shelled turtle in a fast flowing stream north of Cairns, in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. This species is so named for the distinctive edge to the rear of its carapace, not visible in this image. These guys were a lot harder to locate and photograph than their larger marine cousins I had been practising on the previous day!

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