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Eastern Long-Necked Turtle

Eastern long neck turtle or long-necked turtle is a medium-sized, semi-aquatic species of snake-necked turtle found in Australia. The species is a side-necked turtle as it bends its head sideways into its shell. It is known to move great distances in search for suitable habitat. Females are larger than males.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Sauropsida
    Order Chelonia
    Suborder Pleurodira
    Family Chelidae
    Subfamily Chelodininae
    Genus Chelodina
    Scientific Name Chelodina longicollis

    Other Names Eastern snake-necked Turtle, common snake-necked turtle
    Size Around 25 cm (9.84 in)
    Weight 444 to 816 g
    Color Black to brown upper shell with cream colored underside of the shell with dark seams; gray to black upper surface of the neck with yellow underside; dark gray to brown limbs
    Distribution South eastern Australia
    Habitat Slow moving waters of streams, rivers, swamps
    Diet Insects, worms, small fish, tadpoles, frogs,  crustaceans, molluscs
    Hibernation Fact May hibernate during winter
    Predators Red foxes, water rats, goannas, Australian ravens, white-breasted sea eagles, dingos
    Breeding Season September to December
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 2 to 10 eggs
    Incubation Period 3 to 5 months
    Reproductive Age Male: 7 to 8 years of age
    Female: 10 to 12 years of age
    Average Lifespan 31 to 37 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on May 10th 2017 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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