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Northern Long Neck Turtle

Scientific Name
Chelodina rugosa

Conservation Status

Conservaton zone for the long neck turtle

Long neck turtle

Distribution Map

Map for the long neck turtle location

Carapace Length: 360mm

Head and Neck: Around 200-250mm

Long Neck Turtle Factsheet PDF (526.5 KB)


Long thick neck with a broad, strongly depressed head. Carapace oval with no up turned edges. Dark black to brown above with yellow to cream below. All feet are webbed with claws.


Tends to hide under and between rocks and logs where possible or buries itself in the mud to act as an ambush predator to fish, amphibians, and invertebrate prey.


The eggs are laid under the water in a submerged burrow. When the water level drops eggs begin to develop. Once hatched the babies are totally independent.


Found in slow moving freshwater creeks, billabongs and rivers of Northern Australia, from the Cape York Peninsula westward to the Kimberley district of Western Australia.


Discarded fishing line, nets, humans, habitat loss

Close up view of turtleLong Neck Turtle FootLong neck turtle swimmingUnderside of the Long Neck Turtle

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