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Freshwater turtles

Etymology: 'Chelys-family', after a genus of turtle.
Notes: A group of aquatic or semi-aquatic freshwater turtles (sometimes called freshwater tortoises in Australia). This family is found only in Australia, New Guinea and South America.
Statistics: Reproductive modes:
Oviparous - 24 out of 24 Australian species

Size range:
Smallest Australian species: yellow-bellied snapping turtle (Elseya flaviventralis) at cm
Longest Australian species: broad-shelled turtle (Chelodina expansa) at up to 48 cm
Number of Australian genera: 7
Number of Australian species: 24
Genus name Australian species
Chelodina 7
Elseya 6
Elusor 1
Emydura 4
Pseudemydura 1
Rheodytes 1
Wollumbinia 4
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