Eastern Long-neck Turtle

Chelodina longicollis

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

Eastern long-neck turtles have an elongated neck which can grow as long as their shell.

The shell, which is called a carapace, can vary in colour from a reddish brown to almost black and can grow up to 25cm in diameter. Eastern long-neck turtles inhabit freshwater lakes, streams, wetlands, dams and other water bodies that are slow flowing.

WHAT THEY EAT

Their diet consists of aquatic invertebrates as well as small fish, tadpoles, frogs and small crayfish species.

BREEDING

Female turtles may lay between 4-20 hard shelled eggs that she buries in the embankment of a water body. The eggs will incubate anywhere from 3-8 months, once hatched they will make their own way into a water body which allows them to be predated on by other animals especially birds of prey. Eastern long-neck turtles may breed 2 or 3 times a year.

  • Location

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