Assisted colonisation of Australia's rarest reptile: The western swamp turtle

Date: 26, Sep, 2018
Author(s):   Nicola Mitchell, Gerald Kuchling, Alexandra Bouma, Sophie Arnall, Nick Rodriguez, Peter Mawson, Adrian Gleiss
Publisher: TSR Hub

One of Australia’s rarest reptiles, the western swamp turtle, is being challenged by the rapidly drying climate in the southwest of Western Australia, which continues to marginalise its already fragmented habitat. In a world first, this project is field-testing the viability of introducing this Critically Endangered species to wetlands more than 300km south of its native range, in an effort to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change.