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Green-haired Australian turtle faces extinction

Experts estimate an entire generation of Mary river turtles have been lost in the pet trade. (Source: Chris Van Wyk/Zoological Society London) Experts estimate an entire generation of Mary river turtles have been lost in the pet trade. (Source: Chris Van Wyk/Zoological Society London)

(RNN/CNN) - An Australian river turtle which can breathe through its genitals is now on the endangered species list.

 The Mary river turtle rocks what looks like a punk-rock hair style which is algae that grows on the animal’s head.

The animal was placed on Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered list for reptiles which was first established in 2007.

The turtle can live underwater for up to three days using gill-like organs within its rear-end which it uses for excretion and mating.  

The critter also grow up to 1.5 feet long and zoologists estimate pet collectors have raided the animal’s nests since the 1960s.

Other animals on the endangered reptiles list include, the Madagascar Big-head Turtle, the Central American River Turtle and the Marbled Gecko.

Copyright 2018 Raycom News Network. CNN contributed to this report. All rights reserved.

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