By Sam Burgess
Queensland Agriculture Minister John McVeigh says anyone who imports illegal pets faces stiff fines, after the discovery of an exotic turtle in Toowoomba on the Darling Downs.
The environmentally destructive Chinese striped neck turtle was found in the city's waterbird habitat last week and is believed to have been dumped there.
Mr McVeigh says importing such animals can have serious consequences.
"We're reasonably confident there aren't any others but people should keep in mind that there are very stiff penalties for the illegal pet trade, the suspicion is that that's where this has come from in this instance," he said.
"It may well have come in accidentally by boat or some form of transport but more than likely the illegal pet trade."