New Guinea Snake-necked Turtle

Chelodina novaeguineae

Summary 4

The New Guinea snake-necked turtle (Chelodina novaeguineae) is a species of turtle in the Chelidae family. It is found in northeastern Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea.

Diagnosis 5

The carapace is dark brown, almost black, but shows some variation from "normal" turtle patterns. The plastron is a light brown, tan color. C. novaeguineae has a long neck, which (including the head) can sometimes exceed the length of the carapace. The skin is mostly gray, except for black on the head, and white on the under parts.

Conservation 5

This species is common and in no need of conservation at the moment.

Sources and Credits 5

1. Boulenger GA (1888). "On the Chelydoid Chelonians of New Guinea". Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova, Series 2a, 6: 449–452. (Chelodina novae-guineae, new species, pp. 450–451).

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  2. (c) Ltshears, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0d/New_Guinea_Snake-necked_Turtle.jpg
  3. (c) D. Gordon E. Robertson, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:New_Guinea_snake-necked_turtle.jpg
  4. Adapted by calebcam from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelodina_novaeguineae
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