Species group: Snake Necked Turtles
Other common names: Stinker; Australian Snake-necked Turtle; Eastern snake-neck Turtle; Common long-neck Turtle; Common snake-neck Turtle
Scientific name: Chelodina longicollis
The Eastern long-necked Turtle is a commonly found turtle which is native to eastern Australia. Chelodina longicollis inhabits slow moving freshwater locations such as billabongs, swamps and rivers. They prefer bodies of water which have soft, sandy bottoms and they spend the day basking on logs or rocks. In the wild, they feed on small crustaceans, fish, insects and frogs. They can live up to 50 years.
The Eastern long-necked Turtles most distinctive feature is its extremely long neck, which is usually half as long as its body. When threatened, Chelodina longicollis tucks its head sideways under its shell, and musks - excreting a smelly fluid. This defense mechanism is the reason this turtle also has the common name of "Stinker".
Appearance / health:
Chelodina longicollis has a long neck, which is typically half as long as its shell (carapace), though it can be even longer. Its shell measures up to 30 cm / 12 inches and is a brown color, though it is often covered in algae, which gives it a green appearance.
Behavior / temperament:
The Eastern long-necked Turtle is a musking species - using a foul smelling liquid to ward off predators.
This Eastern long-necked Turtle is carnivorous, and in captivity is typically fed twice a week. Commercial turtle feeds with the addition of worms, crickets and other insects are often used.
In early summer, female Eastern long-necked Turtles lay 2 - 10 eggs in the sand on the shore.
incredible neck, great aquatic turtle, fascinating creature, small cement pond
constant cleaning, proper filtration systems, water changes
frozen meat cubes, fascinating head construction
Harry the wandering turtle.
One day my brother found a long necked turtle walking along the gutter not far from our house. He brought it home and that is how Harry the turtle came to live with us. Luckily we had a small cement pond out the back (literally a shallow pit just less than 1 meter wide that my dad had tipped left over cement into from the BBQ renovation. He smoothed it out and filled it with water. Our back yard was very leafy with lots of low hanging trees, palms and plants and exotic grasses. Harry would hide among it all and hibernate the winter away (we didn't feed him during those months and half the time we didn't even know where he was) Come the spring he would suddenly turn up swimming in the pool again. We were advised to feed him little bits of liver or mince meat. We would put it on the end of a stick and feed him (sometimes he would mistake our finger for dinner) He never intentionally bit us if we were patting him but would sometime nip us if we forgot to use the stick when we fed him. He was social but didn't like his neck being touched. To clean his pond we got a yard broom and scrubbed the algae and swished the water out and re-filled it. Easy! took 5 mins. He was low maintenance but I'm not sure if we did everything the right way. He lived with us for at least 15 years and was already fully grown when we got him (about the size of a bread and butter plate) One day we realized we hadn't seen him for awhile and never saw him again. I like to think he wandered off and found another family but in reality he was probably just old. Great low maintenance outdoor pet but higher maintenance if they live inside (cleaning their aquarium and feeding them all year round)..
From Zeeyone Dec 5 2014 2:26AM
From findiviglio 79 days ago