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Common Name:
Australian Snake Neck Turtle

Species Name: 
Chilodina longicollis

Description:
Average length of 9.84" and weight of 21.22 oz. Shell shape of an oval, brown color and shallow central groove. Necks are long and narrow, with a brown to gray dorsal surface.

Range:
Eastern side of Australia 

Habitat:

Semi-aquatic; prefer slow-moving water systems like ponds and swamps, but can be found at rivers and streams. 

Diet:
Carnivorous, ambush predators. Most common food sources are fish, insects, tadpoles, and aquatic invertebrates. 

Australian Snake Neck Turtle

Visit Zone A to come face to face with one of the most fascinating members of the reptile family. Meet the Australian Snake-neck Turtle - also known as the Common Long-neck 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-neck 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.

Interesting Fact: When it feels threatened, this turtle will emit an offensive smelling fluid from its musk glands. This trait gives the turtle one of its other common names, "stinker!”


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International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Status:
Not Assessed