EASTERN SNAKE-NECKED TURTLE

Appearance

This turtle has a long neck, about half the length of its shell. It has webbed feet used for swimming and digging, and the shell can vary through shades of brown.

Habitat

This turtle lives in freshwater habitats including wetlands and slow-flowing rivers and streams.

It spends most of its time in water, but will move across land in search of new waterholes.

Diet

Feeds on tadpoles, small fishes and other aquatic invertebrates.

Breeding

In the summer, the turtle will dig holes in sand or soft sediments along stream banks, and lay about 10 eggs. Hatchlings will have a shell of about 2.5cm in length.

Predators

The turtles eggs can be eaten by water-rats and lizards, and young hatchlings are preyed upon by birds and fish.

Prey

Adult turtles will prey on small fish and tadpoles

Life expectancy

If in captivity, they have a longer life span of around 35 years.