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Bellinger River Snapping Turtle - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Myuchelys georgesi
Conservation status in NSW: Critically Endangered
Commonwealth status: Critically Endangered
Gazetted date: 22 Apr 2016
Profile last updated: 13 Sep 2021


A short-necked freshwater turtle. For detailed description see Cann (1998), Cogger (2014) and Cann et al. (2015). The species was previously known as Elseya georgesi, and is referred to as Wollumbinia georgesi in some publications.


Endemic to the Bellinger Catchment on the north coast of NSW

Habitat and ecology

  • Habitat preference is for moderate to deep pools with a rocky substrate (Spencer et al. 2007)
  • Diet is largely omnivorous, with a tendency toward carnivory (Allanson and Georges 1999)
  • The species is able to supplement its oxygen uptake through cloacal breathing, reducing its need to come to the water surface to breathe (King and Heatwole 1994)

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastCoffs Coast and Escarpment Known Bellinger River and Rosewood River