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Reptiles, Amphibians, Invertebrates & Small Pets : Snake-Necked Turtle Facts

Reptiles, Amphibians, Invertebrates & Small Pets : Snake-Necked Turtle Facts


Here I’m holding a Snake Neck Turtle, species
Rugosa. This particular species is found in freshwater lakes, ponds and rivers of New
Guinea. However, unlike most turtles they can be found in brackish water, it is the
only species within their family that can be found in brackish water as well. Their
name, snake neck turtle is derived from their ability to coil their neck into their shell
like this. Unlike most turtles they have an unusually long neck which can not be withdrawn
back into the carapace. Their neck is about seventy-five percent the length of their carapace,
which can usually grow to about eleven inches. They’re characterized by a dark olive carapace
and a light tan plastron. They’re also characterized by their very webbed feet as they are very
adapt, aquatic swimmers. They reach sexual maturity at about four to five years of age
and they’re very interesting in the fact that all of their mating and their nesting occurs
under water. This is very untypical of turtles who usually do all of their mating and nesting
on dry land. They are carnivorous turtles feeding on fish, tadpoles, and sometimes even
smaller turtles. They are interesting in the fact that they are ambush predators, where
they sit at the bottom of lakes and they cover themselves in silt and they wait for prey
to come by. They can do this for long periods of time due to their long neck which they
use to come up for air periodically. They also use this long neck to ambush prey as
they come by, as they can get them quickly without them even noticing that they’re there.

Comments (59)

  1. I've always wanted one when my stink pot mud turtle got eaten by a raccoon (long story). I like them, because of the neck. Though what specific turtles do they feast on? I was going to get one as a play mate for my Western painted turtle. But thanks to my mom he got sick and died. So I'm not allowed to have turtles until I'm on my own.

  2. Did the turtle fart at 0:29?

    "Their name, snake-necked turtle, is derived from their ability to coil their neck into their shell, like this"
    *fart*

  3. The cheeky little guy winks at the end.

  4. it was static or something..hahaha

  5. A turtle and snake hybrid.

  6. looks like someone took a turtle by its head and stretched its neck out. poor little fella XD

  7. hahahahaha she farted at 0:28

  8. I don't think it was a fart. It was probably the turtle rubbing on the mic when she held it closer to her.

  9. its neck is long as my dick

  10. "Like this: *fart*"

  11. @leinad38771 haha lol he farted

  12. @bebster07 I have a snake neck turtle in with my yellow bellied sliders they get along fine, but it each turtle has there own personality so it really does depend on the turtles.

  13. The first time this turtle move is after the fart i think thats scary

  14. No more laying awake at night asking the same old question: Do long neck turtles fart? Thankyou

  15. @007gumshoe i love you.

  16. that is the craziest turtle I've ever seen! lol @ fart!

  17. the turtle is smiling! lol it farted!

  18. which farted? the turtle or the chick?

  19. omgosh it looks so strange ive never seen that b4 [email protected] fart

  20. i feel a turtle head poking out 😀

  21. "To coil their neck into there shell, like this…*fart"

  22. Omg that's kinda creepy

  23. without the shell… LOOK IT A SEA MONSTER!!

  24. OMG its everything I wanted, a snake and a turtle combined.

  25. woohooo a shelled brachiosaurus

  26. Animal cruelty here

  27. WTF WHATS UP WITH THE FART

  28. WTF WHATS UP WITH THE FART lol its at 0:26

  29. WTF WHATS UP WITH THE FART lol its at 0:25 around there lol

  30. Ok I LIKE michael JACKSON but this turtle looks just like him @ :06

  31. I don't understand. What other sort of swimmer is there than aquatic?

  32. WHAT A FREAK OF NATURE

  33. Jesus christ that thing is fuckin weird!

  34. turtle just farted on that chick! coool

  35. i didnt know turtle could pass gas

  36. It's cute and ugly at the same time.. I love it !

  37. That's really where they get their name? Not cause they're like half snake..? Haha what the fuck…

  38. She farts at 26 seconds

  39. It's neck looks soft…

  40. make sure you have a few hundered dollars on you then! good luck

  41. What is it feel like to have the little foot on someone's hands?

  42. God its so cute > – <

  43. PPPPPPPPPTTTTTTT

  44. All this information is not true that can't have babies till they are at least 10 there turtle is extremely over weigh and needs to see more sun !!!

  45. Is this a PARKERS from the FlyRiver?..

  46. Those webbed feet are are AWESOME! I want'em bad.

  47. IM SO SAD BECAUSE MY TURTLES DIED 🙁

  48. 0:28 wat did u eat for lunch? Mrs. farter???

  49. I have two at home but is it illegal to look after it at Sydney?

  50. God damn that niggas neck is massive

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