People Are Losing It Over This Punk Turtle That Breathes Through Its Genitals


If you think you know weird Australian wildlife, think again. It turns out this wonderful country is home to a small punk turtle with green hair, chin spikes and the ability to breathe through its junk, and it’s rocketing to fame as we speak.

The tiny punk reptile better known as the Mary River Turtle is in the news today because it’s been added to a list of endangered species maintained by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). That kind of news usually wouldn’t make a huge splash, but this time it has, given the turtle’s…unique features.

As the ZSL puts it, “This strange turtle is one of several species of ‘bum-breathing’ turtles, which breathe underwater using specialised glands in their reproductive organs”. Its stylish hairdo, meanwhile, is apparently just algae growing on its head. Still a great look though.

The turtle is endangered because its gentle nature made it an easy target for pet collectors in the 1960s and 70s. Now, the knowledge that a gentle aquatic punk is on the brink of extinction has turned a surprising number of people into conservationists.

Who knew all we needed to save the planet was a little mascot with green hair and fancy junk? Rock on, little dude, we’re all rooting for you.

Feature image via ZSL/Chris Van Wyk