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EASTERN LONG-NECKED TURTLE
or
COMMON SNAKE-NECKED TORTOISE
Chelodina longicollis
(Subgenus: Chelodina)

Shell length is 20 - 30cm

Eastern Long-necked Turtle Chelodina longicollis
This Eastern Long-necked Turtle (Chelodina longicollis) was found crossing a bicycle track in Pipemakers Park, Melbourne, Victoria


Approximate distribution of the Eastern Long-necked Turtle Chelodina longicollis
Approximate distribution of the Eastern Long-necked Turtle (Chelodina longicollis)

Eastern Long-necked Turtle Chelodina longicollis
This Eastern Long-necked Turtle (Chelodina longicollis) was found crossing a bicycle track in Pipemakers Park, Melbourne, Victoria

Eastern Long-necked Turtle Chelodina longicollis
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
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
Eastern Long-necked Turtles (Chelodina longicollis) usually have dark edges on the scutes of their plastron

Eastern Long-necked Turtle Chelodina longicollis
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.

Eastern Long-necked Turtle Chelodina longicollis
Long necked turtles/tortoises are sometimes called side necked turtles/tortoises because they fold their neck sideways for protection under their shell

.Eastern Long-necked Turtle Chelodina longicollis
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.


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Eastern Long Neck Turtle - Chelodina longicollis - Care Sheet
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