Eastern long-necked turtle

Eastern long-necked turtle
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Ventral view of female
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Order: Chelonia
Suborder: Pleurodira
Family: Chelidae
Subfamily: Chelodininae
Genus: Chelodina
Subgenus: Chelodina
Species: C. (C.) longicollis
Binomial name
Chelodina longicollis
Shaw, 1794 [2]
Synonyms [1]
  • Testudo longicollis Shaw, 1794 [2]
  • Chelodina novaehollandiae Duméril & Bibron, 1835 [3]
  • Chelodina sulcata Gray, 1856 [4]
  • Chelodina sulcifera Gray, 1856 [5]

The eastern long-necked turtle (Chelodina longicollis) [6] [7] is an east Australian species of snake-necked turtle that inhabits a wide variety of water bodies and is an opportunistic feeder. [7] It is a side-necked turtle ( Pleurodire), meaning that it bends its head sideways into its shell rather than pulling it directly back.


The species is found throughout south eastern Australia where it is found west of Adelaide ( South Australia) eastwards throughout Victoria and New South Wales, and northwards to the Fitzroy River of Queensland. Where the species comes in contact with Chelodina canni they freely hybridise exhibiting hybrid vigor in the Styx River Drainage of Queensland. [7] [8]

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