Roti island snake-necked turtle

A turtle with a neck that resembles… Yes, you guessed it, a snake!

H. Zell

This freshwater species has a relatively small range. Their usual habitat consists of semi-permanent shallow inland lakes and marshes. They also live in nearby rice fields. They can also be found hidden behind boulders and dense foliage during the dry seasons. They do not prefer to burrow in the mangrove habitat or to remain dormant.

Currently, this exotic species faces danger in its population. The human-induced fire around the lake edges kills these turtles and exposes them to predators. The species also continue to be targeted for the pet trade following drastic population declines and continue to demand a high price.


Population est.
East Timor
Lesser Sunda Is.

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No