OT: variegated scutes on carapace of young long-necked turtle

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Subject: OT: variegated scutes on carapace of young long-necked turtle
From: Nick Payne via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2021 06:11:55 +0000
We were out at the rest area at the southern end of Lake George today,
and encountered this small (and therefore presumably young) long-necked
turtle. I would say it was roughly half the size of a fully-grown
specimen of the species. Is the variegated colouring of the scutes on
the carapace just indicative of some having been shed during growth
before others? I haven't come across one before with such variegated
colours on the carapace.

Nick Payne

p.s. After taking the photo we moved him/her a safe distance away from
the road towards the lake.


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