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Mating season key as endangered turtles recover from mystery virus

For the Bellingen River Snapping Turtle, the mating season has never been so important. After a mystery virus wiped out the local population in record numbers last year, researchers from Western Sydney University were forced to relocate healthy turtles to Sydney in a bid to preserve the remnants of the species. This small population, currently at Taronga Zoo, is now the last hope for the species, and conservationists are crossing their fingers as they wait in hope for the females to start laying eggs.
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