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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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