Chelodina – Snake-necked turtles

You might mistake these turtles for snakes!

Chelodina is a genus of long-necked turtles in Australia, New Guinea, and Indonesia. These reptiles are aptly named the Snake necked turtles because of their unusually long necks, and they use these necks to strike and catch fish, mollusks, and crustaceans.

These creatures can alter their environment and travel great distances in pursuit of suitable habitats if required. Although they are solitary creatures that journey alone, long-necked turtles may have large populations living together in one place.

Currently, these turtles are threatened by Australian aboriginal hunters who consume their flesh. Invasive red foxes are one of their natural predators who hunt them. Finally, climatic and environmental changes pose a hazard to the creatures.