World Turtle News, 09/02/2015
A New Virus Might Be The Cause Of The Death Of Bellinger River Snapping Turtles
A new virus was detected by the Elizabeth MacArthur Agricultural Institute and they believe this could be the cause of the death of 350 Myuchelys georgesi. The virus Struck the region earlier this year and killed a lot of turtles. After other potential causes had been eliminated the innovative research led to the discovery of that virus. “Initial testing by a number of Australian laboratories for a wide range of infections and toxic agents was undertaken with no confirmed diagnosis, however, based on water sampling, contamination from pesticides or hydrocarbons was able to be ruled out early on” said virologist Dr Kirkland. Further research needs to be conducted to save the species and to asses whether the virus is still present in the river.
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Did You Know…
Myuchelys georgesi underwent a crisis after a mysterious virus killed more than 300 turtles. This species only exists in a 25-kilometer stretch of the Bellinger River.
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Photo from Coffs coast