There are no freshwater Turtles native to New
Zealand however there are many varieties kept as pets here. Following is a list
of Turtles that I have either kept, or have seen in
private collections throughout New Zealand. Click on the names
in red to show further information on these species.
Red-eared Turtle Trachemys
Turtle Trachemys scripta troostii
Snake-neck Turtle Chelodina longicollis
Oblong Turtle Macrodiremys oblonga
Broad Shelled Turtle Macrochelodina expansa
Turtle Emydura macquarii macquarii
Painted Turtle Emydura subglobosa
Western Black Bridged
Leaf Turtle Cyclemys atripons
Asian Leaf Turtle Cyclemys dentata
Asian Spiny Turtle Heosemys spinosa
Eastern River Cooter Pseudemys
Eastern Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta picta
Reeve's Turtle Mauremys
Diamond Back Terrapin
Soft-shelled Turtles Trionyx sp.
There are also a lot of other species of Turtles that were seen here in
New Zealand in the Pet Trade back in the 1960's - 70's that are no doubt still alive today
in peoples homes. Turtles, if well cared for, can live for 50 years or more!