AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS, DISTRIBUTION MAPS 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.
Also introduced in Tasmania and Islands in Bass Straight
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.
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.