Giant Snake-necked Turtle

Chelodina expansa

About This Animal

SIZE: 19 in (48 cm)

RANGE: Queensland and New South Wales, Australia

HABITAT: Waterholes and rivers

DIET: Insects, shrimp, fish and frogs

ON EXHIBIT:  Turtle Gallery in River Journey

Snake-necked turtles have very long necks that aid them when they grab prey.  These turtles cannot pull their necks into their shell; instead they tuck them to one side or the other.  The giant snake-necked turtle is the largest of the many species of side-neck turtles that inhabit Australia.