Common Snake-Necked Turtle

(Chelodina longicollis)

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Rivers of the World
IUCN Conservation Status
Endangered (EN)


Semi-aquatic, slow-moving fresh waters in southeastern Australia


Size: Up to 11 inches

Weight: 1-2 lbs.

Lifespan: Up to 30 years


Fish, mollusks, crustaceans, tadpoles, invertebrates and carrion.

The common snake-necked turtle gets its name from its extremely long neck, which, in some cases, 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 has powerful webbed feet for swimming, digging, and tearing apart prey. They are typically found inland in slow-moving freshwater habitats such as Australia's swamps, dams, and lakes, preferring a soft, sandy bottom.

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