Medium-sized turtle, black to light brown oval shell with a shallow central groove. Neck is long (around 60% of shell length), narrow and covered with small bumps.
To help protect our environment:
Slow-moving waterbodies, wetlands, lakes, farm dams, ponds, streams, rivers, urban areas.
Eats zooplankton, aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates, amphibians, carrion, fish and crustaceans. Can transmit diseases to native reptiles.
If you have pet snake-neck turtles, make sure they’re securely contained to avoid accidental escapes. If you are no longer able to look after your pet snake-neck turtle, find someone who is prepared to give it a lifetime home, or contact a relevant pet shop or animal rescue organisation to get it rehomed. Never release a snake-neck turtle into the wild – your pet may be unable to find the food and shelter it needs, and it also puts our native species at risk.
If you see a snake-neck turtle in the wild, please report it to Auckland Council at email@example.com.