Common Snake-necked Turtle

Size: Up to 10 inches
Habitat/Range: Rivers, stream and wetlands of eastern Australia

 

Meet the common snake-necked turtle, also known as the Australian snake-necked turtle. As the name implies, its most distinctive feature is its extremely long neck. In some cases, this turtle's neck can be as long as its shell! It’s also a type of side-necked turtle, meaning that it bends its head sideways into its shell rather than pulling it directly back. The snake-necked also has powerful webbed feet for swimming, digging, and tearing apart prey. Its shell is flattened, broad, and brown with black-edged scutes. They are typically found inland in slow-moving freshwater habitats such as swamps, dams and lakes of Australia, preferring a soft, sandy bottom. It’s considered carnivorous, eating a variety of animals, including insects, worms, frogs, small fish, crustaceans and mollusks.