AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS, DISTRIBUTION MAPS AND INFORMATION
This site covers Snakes and Lizards, Crocodiles and Turtles, including Colubrid snakes, Pythons, Elapids (called Cobras or Coral Snakes in some countries), Sea Snakes, File Snakes, Blind (or Worm) Snakes, Sea Turtles, Freshwater Turtles (or Tortoises) Dragon Lizards (Agamas), Gecko's, Legless Lizards, Monitor Lizards (often called Goanna's in Australia), Skinks and Crocodilia.
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EASTERN LONG-NECKED TURTLE
COMMON SNAKE-NECKED TORTOISE
Long necked turtles/tortoises are sometimes called side necked turtles/tortoises because they fold their neck sideways for protection under their shell.
This species is commonly sold and kept as pets in Australia. it is also called the Common Long-necked tortoise/turtle or the Eastern Long-necked tortoise/turtle.
It is aquatic like all other Australian Tortoises/Turtles, however this species 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.
This species can live up to 36 years or more in captivity.
Updated February 26, 2018