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A painted turtle hatchling brings hope

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With a total shell length of less than 3.2 cm this hatchling painted turtle from the Jardine River catchment is both of ecological interest and just dam cute.

After five years of annual monitoring for adult painted turtle, a tiny hatchling is recorded for the first time in Australia at the tip of Queensland. The survey is led by Queensland government researcher Alastair Freeman in conjunction with the local (Apudthama) land and sea rangers.