Eastern Long-neck Turtle

Chelodina longicollis

The Long-necked turtle or as it is also known Eastern Snake-Necked Turtle is found from South eastern South Australia to Eastern Queensland in coastal wetlands and waterways such as swamps, creeks and rivers. It is the most widespread species, occurring in water bodies throughout NSW with the exception of the highest parts of the Alps.

It is easily distinguished by its wide plastron (the under part of the shell), made up of pale yellow shields with black margins.

It is slow moving and as it migrates in summer it is often seen on roads, where unfortunately they are often hit by cars. When handled it exudes a smelly secretion that helps to repel predators.

It feeds on a variety of aquatic organisms such as tadpoles, crustaceans, worms, snails, insect larvae, including mosquitoes and small fish . Its webbed feet are used for digging and swimming.

A hole made in the banks of the waterway is where up to 10 eggs are laid in early summer.

Never relocate a turtle.

Should you come across a turtle crossing the road, please help it across, check that it is not injured and let it continue its journey.