Backyard Buddies

Turtles & Tortoises

Eastern Long-necked Turtle

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Eastern Long-necked Turtle

One of the more unexpected visitors to the backyard during summer is the Eastern Long-necked, or snake-necked, turtle Chelodina longicollis, one of 23 Australian freshwater turtle species. Long-necked turtles hibernate during winter and the summer rains are their cue to haul themselves out of their creeks and ponds to find food. They eat fish, tadpoles, frogs and crayfish which they tear apart with their front claws - turtles do not have..

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Oblong Turtle

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Oblong Turtle

Oblong turtles live in Perth and throughout the south-west of Western Australia. They are also known as western long necked turtles or snake necked turtles. They are different from most turtles as their shell is not round. Oblong turtles are dark brown to black, with a paler undershell. They live in rivers, lakes and swamps and prefer slow moving water. Turtles may be famous for being slow and steady, but don't be surprised if you s..

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