TOPSHOT - A handout picture released by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) on April 12, 2018 shows the Australian Mary River turtle, Elusor macrurus, a native of Queensland, Australia. Boasting a green, punk hairdo and the unusual ability to breathe through its butt, an Australian turtle has become famous overnight -- but not only for its eccentricity. Unfortunately, just as many of us are discovering the Mary River Turtle's many tantalising traits, it has become the latest creature to join the "EDGE of Existence" list of endangered species compiled by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). / AFP PHOTO / ZSL / Chris VAN WYK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ZSL / CHRIS VAN WYK " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

This Australian ‘punk turtle’ can breath through its genitals, once walked with dinosaurs and now risks extinction

It was this week ranked 29th on a globally endangered list, triggering calls for better protection

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TOPSHOT - A handout picture released by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) on April 12, 2018 shows the Australian Mary River turtle, Elusor macrurus, a native of Queensland, Australia. Boasting a green, punk hairdo and the unusual ability to breathe through its butt, an Australian turtle has become famous overnight -- but not only for its eccentricity. Unfortunately, just as many of us are discovering the Mary River Turtle's many tantalising traits, it has become the latest creature to join the "EDGE of Existence" list of endangered species compiled by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). / AFP PHOTO / ZSL / Chris VAN WYK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ZSL / CHRIS VAN WYK " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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