Turtles and Tortoises
Be a Buddy to an Old Slowpoke
Oblong Turtles live in Perth and throughout the south-west of Western Australia. They are found from Hill River in the north, inland to Toodyay, Pingelly and Katanning, and east along the south coast to the Fitzgerald River National Park.
Turtles may be famous for being slow and steady, but don’t be surprised if you see an Oblong Turtle lunging from the shallows with the speed of a hungry crocodile, neck extended for the strike. Large females will prey on birds including Purple Swamphens. They need to build up their body fat when they are active to survive during less favourable conditions.
Turtles Go Walkabout
One of the more unexpected visitors to the backyard during summer is the long-necked or snake-necked turtle Chelodina longicollis, one of 25 Australian turtle species.
Turtles hibernate during winter and the summer rains are their cue to haul themselves out of their creeks and ponds and lumber off to find food.