Snake-necked Turtle

Snake-necked Turtle

Snake-necked Turtle
Chelodina novaeguineae


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Testudines
FAMILY
Chelidae

Range

New Guinea and northeastern Australia


Habitat

Small and large freshwater bodies of water and jungle rivers with ample vegetation


Diet

Carnivorous, eating any aquatic animal that is small enough for them to handle

Carapace

7 - 8 in.

Neck Length

Up to 6 in.

Clutch

6 - 24 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • The highly flexible neck permits foraging in mud as well as snorkeling. It also allows the turtle to strike quickly to capture prey.
  • Its long neck (including head) can sometimes exceed the length of the carapace (shell).
  • It has webbed feet used for swimming and digging.
  • Considered side-necked turtles. The neck and head fold sideways under the edge of the carapace instead of back in the shell.

 

Conservation

Least Concern

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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