Broad-Shelled Snake-Neck Turtle
The largest of the snake neck turtles, the broad shelled shake neck turtle folds its neck and head under the leading edge of the carapace (upper shell). Their shells are relatively flattened in appearance, and they have clawed webbed feet.
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.
This species is the largest of Australia’s freshwater turtles. Its carapace measures up to 20 inches in length, approximately the size of a trash can lid.
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.
The population is believed to be stable.
As adults, they have few predators. Juveniles are preyed upon by crocodiles, fish, and even foxes and birds eat young turtles and eggs.
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