Reptile Chelodina longicollis (Eastern Long Necked Turtle)

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Common Name:Eastern Long Necked Turtle

Scientific Name:Chelodina longicollis

Order:Testudines.

Family:Chelidae.

Other Names:Common long necked turtle, Eastern snake necked turtle, Stinker.

Habitat:Inland waterways.

Distribution:Queensland to South Australia.

Field Notes:To 260mm. Carapace flatish. Clawed webbed feet. Very long neck that can be retracted sideways
under shell. Can secrete smelly substance from 'musk' glands (hence common name 'stinker) when handled.
Lays eggs on land in escavated holes.

Uses:Often kept as pets.

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I've rescued a few from the road.
A funny thing happens after you pick them up, if you lower them quickly, their 4 legs will splay out automatically. Like a startle reaction.

I certainly got a surprise to see their cat-like refexes in action !
 

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Must try that next time I see one Aussie. Longnecks seem to move around on land a fair bit where the other turtles only seem
come out of the water for egglaying. Strange Australia doesnt have land tortoises
 
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