Broad-Shelled Snake-Necked Turtle (Chelodina Expansa)

Conservation status

IUCN: Red List: Least Concern

Key Descriptions

With its serpentine neck & broad oval shaped shell, the Broad Shelled Snake Necked turtle is remarkably unique among its turtle cousins. Endemic to South – Eastern Australia, these turtles can tuck its neck & head under the edge of its carapace as a defensive posture. With a relatively flattened appearance & clawed, webbed feet adapted to swimming in freshwater bodies, these snake necked turtles are ambush predators who will lunge at prey with their long necks, a strategy highly adapted to its deceptive hunting nature.


They can be found in the rivers in South-Eastern Australia, They spend majority of their lives in water.

Social Life

They are mainly solitary animals, that ambush their prey, and only interact during mating season.

Fun Facts


Fish & other small aquatic animals

Key Information

Origin:Papua New Guinea
Size:Up to 5Ocm
Lifespan:Up to 40years

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