Siebenrock’s Snake-necked Turtle

Chelodina siebenrocki

Description: It has an oblong dark-brown or black carapace, which is broader behind the center and flattened dorsally.  The neck is long and thick, reaching about 75% of the length of the carapace.  Males have longer, thicker tails than do females, and are flatter shelled than are the more domed females.

Range: Occurs on the southern coast of New Guinea west of the Fly River.

Habitat:  These snake-neck turtles inhabit the tidal areas of small streams, swamps, marshes, and offshore islands.

Diet:
Wild: This turtle is carnivorous, using its long neck to strike for food.  To get ride of excess water it will shoot the water out its nose before swallowing its food.
Zoo:  Fish, earthworms, and crickets.

Reproduction:  Mating takes place in water, with the male mounting the female from the rear. The female digs a nest at the end of the wet season in May and lays 4 to 19 elongated eggs.