Fitzroy River Snake-Necked Turtle

Kimberley Snake-Necked Turtle

Macrochelodina walloyarrina

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A distinguishing feature of adult Kimberley snake-necked turtles is their very long chin barbels, which is why they are sometimes called “bearded” snake-necked turtles.

The only place you can see these turtles outside of Australia is at the National Aquarium.

Did You Know?

The National Aquarium is the only place you can see this turtle outside Australia!


Crustaceans, mollusks, and fish


This turtle can reach a maximum size of 10.5 inches. Males are typically about 15% smaller than females.


As its name indicates, this turtle is found in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, Australia, from the Fitzroy River system in the south, to the Mitchell, King Edward, Carson, and Drysdale river systems in the north, and to the Ord River system in the northeast. Specimens have been collected in the rivers, billabongs, and lagoons.

Population Status

The population is believed to be stable.


Crocodiles prey on these turtles, and monitors eat the turtle eggs.

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A Note From the Caretaker

This species was officially described in 2007, in large part due to the National Aquarium! The holotype, which is the singular specimen used by scientists to formally describe the species, was collected by National Aquarium staff in 2004 from the Territory Wildlife Park in Australia. We were able to successfully breed our adults that were imported from Australia.  Our first successful clutch hatched in December 2007.