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Moving a Saw-shelled turtle from NSW to ACT

Discussion in 'Reptile Licensing / Licence Information' started by antiochus, May 10, 2017.

  1. antiochus

    antiochus Hatchling Turtle

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    My daughter recently got a new job in Canberra and wants to move her Saw-shelled turtle from Sydney to her new home in the ACT. She can't find her turtle' species on the ACT policy lists. Does anyone know how she'd apply for a licence to move her turtle to her new home? The turtle's about 7 years old and measures 16cm.
    Thanks for your help.

    http://www.environment.act.gov.au/p..._licensing/do_i_need_a_license/reptile_policy
     
  2. Craig

    Craig Founding Member/Administrator/Public Officer
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    Hi, unfortunately it doesn't seem as though Saw-shelled turtles are allowed in the ACT which is very surprising considering that they are allowed to be kept in Victoria and NSW.

    I'm not surprised though that the ACT is way behind the times.

    You'll have to write a letter to the ACT Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate and explain the situation.
     
  3. antiochus

    antiochus Hatchling Turtle

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    Thank you.
    I'll give that a try
     
  4. Craig

    Craig Founding Member/Administrator/Public Officer
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    It also appears that they consider Saw-shelled turtles a Moderate to High risk species.

    Native Reptile Import Risk Assessment 29
    Family: Chelidae
    SPECIES Wollumbinia latisternum (Saw-shelled turtles have had their scientific name changed twice since this report was produced) CL
    Common name:
    Saw-shelled Turtle
    Other common name: A freshwater turtle with some saw-shaped edging to carapace evident particularly in younger animals (carapace length to 20 cm)
    Conservation status: Not threatened.
    Distribution: Coastal North Eastern and Eastern Australia (north of Richmond River)
    Climate/eco-region: Tropical, subtropical, monsoonal, coastal drainages.
    Habitat: Creeks, lagoons and the upper reaches of large rivers (Swan et al 2004).
    LIKELIHOOD OF ESTABLISHMENT
    Reproductive potential: MOD
    Oviparous
    Clutch size up to17 reported Ehmann1992).(THIS IS INCORRECT-I had a very large {30cm} gravid Saw-shell lay 33 eggs in a clutch C.Latta pers. comm.)
    Up to 50 eggs in a season (Cann 1998).
    Dietary generalisation: HIGH
    Generalist omnivore, aquatic animals, plant material and tadpoles, fish, frogs, invertebrates
    Climate suitability: MOD
    Climate match with ACT = 50%
    Populations established outside of range:HIGH
    Yes, Sydney-where gravid females have been found
    (G. Shea pers. comm.).
    Aquatic/riparian species: HIGH Aquatic.
    Potential range (ACT): MOD
    Lowland rivers.
    OVERALL LIKELIHOOD OF ESTABLISHMENT IN ACT: MOD
    CONSEQUENCES OF ESTABLISHMENT
    Potential for impact on threatened species (ACT): MOD
    Generalist diet likely to include small fish.
    Potential for environmental/economic impacts: HIGH
    Aquatic species– if established potential for downstream spread to Murray–Darling Basin streams.
    Individuals could directly compete with C. longicollis and E.macquarie.
    Potential for harm to humans: LOW
    OVERALL CONSEQUENCES OF ESTABLISHMENT: HIGH
    OVERALL RISK LEVEL FOR INTRODUCTION TO ACT: MODERATE - HIGH
     
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  5. antiochus

    antiochus Hatchling Turtle

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    Mmm, that explains why they're not on their lists. I guess we can only ask. As is only one male turtle, we may get permission.
     
  6. Craig

    Craig Founding Member/Administrator/Public Officer
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    Good Luck! Please let us know how your daughter gets on as we'd like a good outcome for her.
     
  7. antiochus

    antiochus Hatchling Turtle

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    Thanks for your help, if necessary he can stay with me in Sydney.
     
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    Craig Founding Member/Administrator/Public Officer
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    You're very welcome!
     
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    How did you go? What did you learn? I'm in Canberra too, so keen to know what's what.
     
  10. antiochus

    antiochus Hatchling Turtle

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    No news yet, my daughter is still getting settled. I'll let you know when there's any news.
     
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