The Snake-neck Turtle (or Side
neck Turtle as it is sometimes referred to) is native to Australia's eastern
coast from Victoria in the south to Rockhampton in the north. It's identified by it's
grey/black body, black carapace (brown in younger specimens) and in older specimens white
plastron with black seams joining the scutes. It has an especially long neck that must be
tucked in sideways for protection.
Snake-neck Turtles grow to
approximately 20 to 25cm. Both males and females grow to the same size and are identical
to each other in every way, making sexing of these guys extremely difficult.
Snake-neck Turtles are a very aquatic
species so require a good sized swimming area. They're a very placid species and keeping
more than one in a tank is never a problem (just ensure that they are of similar size to
one another to avoid accidents during feeding as Snake-necks feed with
gusto and might inflict unintentional damage to one another!!) Snake-neck Turtles
are easy to keep but care should be taken when hand feeding as they are very quick!
Here at Hot House Turtles we specialise in
Snake-neck Turtles and our Hot House Turtles frozen Turtle Food
has been formulated specially for the carnivorous Snake-neck Turtles. Fluker's
Gourmet River Shrimps and Fluker's Freeze Dried River Shrimps
are also eaten with enthusiasm, but please note that the River Shrimps are treat foods
only and not intended as a staple diet.
Snake-neck Turtles are particularly
susceptible to Ammonia poisoning, so large weekly water changes are essential to avoid
them getting ill.
The Snake-neck Turtle is a very personable
and hardy Turtle, and is ideal for those who want to keep something different.