Eastern Long-necked Turtle

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Eastern Long-necked Turtle
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Native Animals

The Eastern Long-necked Turtle (Chelodina longicollis), also known as the Eastern Snake-necked Turtle, spends most of its life in water and only emerges to bask, migrate and search for new waterholes and nesting areas.

It has a long neck, which is usually about half the length of its shell, and webbed feet which it uses for swimming and digging. The colour of the shell is brown.

It feeds on aquatic invertebrates, tadpoles and small fish.

The Eastern Long-necked Turtles digs holes in sand or soft sediments along stream banks to lay its eggs, usually around 10.

It can eject a pungent liquid when handled or disturbed.