As today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt is diurnal, I thought I would post a couple of photos of the eastern long-necked turtle. The (Australian) eastern long-necked turtle is a sun-worshipper. It is a cold-blooded, diurnal animal. These small fresh-water turtles are most active mid-morning and afternoon once they have warmed up.
Here it is, basking in the sun.
Turtles are carnivorous. They are scavengers and will eat dead fish, as well as dead animals that have fallen into the water. In this way, they play a vital role keeping our waterways clean and healthy.
The eastern long-necked turtle is not listed as endangered, but still their numbers are estimated to have declined by 91-per-cent in parts of the Murray River in the period since 1978. Foxes and motor vehicles account for a significant proportion of turtle deaths. More frequent and severe droughts are also contributing to hatchlings becoming trapped in their nests. Dry weather causes nests to harden like concrete and the little hatchings are unable to dig their way out.
Locals and visitors to Australia can get involved in turtle conservation by helping scientists to map nest and turtle sightings (check out the app here). I might even download the app myself now that I know about it. Check it out.