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Eastern Snake-necked Turtle

Eastern Snake-necked Turtles live in eastern Australia. They are found in freshwater swamps and billabongs and in slow-moving rivers.

Creator:
Andrew Howells
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© Australian Museum

Notes

Eastern Snake-necked Turtles live in eastern Australia. They are found in freshwater swamps and billabongs and in slow-moving rivers.

Eastern Snake-necked Turtles eat crustaceans, tadpoles, small fish and molluscs. They find their food using their sight and their sense of smell.

Eastern Snake-necked Turtles hold their neck sideways and then extend it, striking like a snake to capture their prey. They then swallow it whole. They break up larger prey with the powerful claws on their front feet.

Large birds, large fish and foxes eat Eastern Snake-necked Turtles.

Eastern Snake-necked Turtles move slowly on all four legs on land. They swim with their webbed feet in water.

Eastern Snake-necked Turtles lay about ten eggs. The eggs have brittle shells. The eggs are laid each breeding season in early summer. Young Eastern Snake-necked Turtles look after themselves.

Eastern Snake-necked Turtles can produce an awful smelling liquid when frightened or disturbed. Eastern Snake-necked Turtles are sometimes called Long-necked Turtles.

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5 comments

Ondine Evans - 3.01 PM, 27 January 2010

Hi Darcy. All native Australian animals have a set of laws, State and Federal, protecting them, including laws about licencing, breeding and buying/selling native species. Each state has slightly different legislation. For New South Wales, information about licences and the types of animals that they apply to can be found on the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water's Wildlife licences page - which also includes links to similar sites for other states.

Darcy - 11.01 AM, 27 January 2010
Do you need a lience to keep a Eastern Snake-necked Turtle in NSW
Ondine Evans - 3.01 PM, 05 January 2010

Hi Sascha - you will have to contact the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water for this type of information.

sascha - 8.01 AM, 04 January 2010
What conservation programs or other types of programs exist in New South Wales for the Eastern Sanke-necked turtle?

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