AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS AND INFORMATION
This site covers Australian Snakes and Lizards, Crocodiles and Turtles.
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EASTERN LONG-NECKED TURTLE
COMMON SNAKE-NECKED TORTOISE
This Eastern Long-necked Turtle Chelodina longicollis was rescued from the middle of a highway and released in the nearest creek.
Approximate distribution of the Eastern Long-necked Turtle Chelodina longicollis
which has also been introduced to Tasmania and Islands in Bass Straight
Eastern Long-necked Turtle Chelodina longicollis with neck fully extended
Eastern Long-necked Turtles Chelodina longicollis
usually have dark edges on the scutes of their plastron
It is aquatic like all other Australian Tortoises/Turtles, however the Eastern Long-necked Turtle Chelodina longicollis often travels very long distances from water, and is often found crossing roads, including main highways.
They do however need to be in water to swallow their food.
Long necked turtles/tortoises are sometimes called side necked turtles/tortoises because they fold their neck sideways for protection under their shell
The Eastern Long-necked Turtle Chelodina longicollis is commonly sold and kept as pets in Australia.
This species can live up to 36 years or more in captivity.