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Here’s to the Long-necks

November 7, 2014

DSCN1912When I was young a ‘long-neck’ referred to one of the larger bottles of beer that you could buy. These days now that I am more eco-savvy it refers to a type of turtle.

The Eastern Long-necked Turtle (Chelodina longicollis) is found throughout south-eastern Australia. It feeds on insects, worms, frogs, fish and crustaceans. It is sometimes known as a DSCN1904Stinker because if disturbed it will emit an offensive odour from musk glands. I never get that close to them to find out. In our dam they float with only their nostrils and eyes above the water level (pictured above) and soon disappear below the surface if disturbed.

Recently I had the rare pleasure of seeing one basking in the sun on a log (pictured right). It is obvious why the alternative name is the Snake-necked Turtle.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. henry marszalek permalink
    November 7, 2014 11:10 am

    They seem to be more abundant this year. I counted 14 in a small dam on my property near Broadford a week or two ago. Havent noticed any there previously.

    • ronlit permalink*
      November 9, 2014 9:22 am

      Henry, I think you are right – or maybe I have now got my turtle eyes on! I have also noticed a marked increase in Blue-tongued Lizards as well.

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