Broad Shell Snake-Necked Turtle

Broad-Shelled Turtle

Chelodina expansa

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This turtle’s long neck can add 80 percent to its body length, aiding in its deception strategy for ambush hunting.

Exhibit Name and Location:
Baltimore - Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes

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Broad-Shelled Turtle

The broad-shelled turtle can tuck its neck and head under the leading edge of its carapace, or upper shell. The largest of the snake-necks, these turtles are relatively flattened in appearance and have clawed, webbed feet.

Diet

These turtles are omnivores and opportunistic, eating whatever they can catch. Their long snake-like necks aid in ambushing prey, such as small fish and aquatic invertebrates.

Size

This species is the largest of Australia’s freshwater turtles. Its carapace measures up to 20 inches in length, approximately the size of a trashcan lid.

Range

These turtles are found in permanent bodies of fresh water in the Murray-Darling River system of South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland, the coastal basins of southeastern Queensland, and on Fraser Island.

Population Status

The population is believed to be stable.

Predators

As adults, broad-shelled turtles have few predators. Juveniles are preyed upon by crocodiles, fish, foxes and birds.

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A Note From the Caretaker

Their favorite hiding spot in the Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes exhibit is among the dead logs in the corner of one the tanks. They are deceptive predators. They want to be in an area where they blend in and then they just extend their big long neck and suck everything up in front of them.