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Australian Snake-Necked Turtle

Meet our Australian Snake-Necked Turtle!

Snake-Necked Turtles get their name from their incredibly long, snake-like neck. This species is normally found in the Lowland regions of Australia but is also found under cuttings of river banks and among tree roots throughout northern Australia and Southern New Guinea. Their diet is made up of crustaceans, molluscs and fish with their bodies growing up to 26 cm.

When it feels threatened, this turtle will emit an offensive smelling fluid from its musk glands. In the Murray River area of Australia, this species is known as 'The Stinker'!

Females turtles will lay 1 to 3 clutches of eggs per year in early summer of between 2 and 10 eggs. However, the young turtles often fall prey to predators such as fish and birds.

Things to Do

  • See how far our snake-necked turtle can stretch its neck
  • Find out what his favourite food is
  • Learn how he came to stay with us here at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary

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