Snake-Neck Turtle

Family:
Chelidae
Origin:
Australia

General description

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.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not release any snake-neck turtle from containment within the Auckland region.
  • You must not move any snake-neck turtle to Aotea/Great Barrier Island group.
  • You must not breed, distribute or release any snake-neck turtle on Aotea / Great Barrier Island group.
  • From 1 September 2022, you will not be allowed to breed, distribute, release or sell any snake-neck turtle within the Auckland region.

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.

Management

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.

Find out more:

If you see a snake-neck turtle in the wild, please report it to Auckland Council at pestfree@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.

Search tags

RPMP status


Aotea (Exclusion)
Whole region (Sustained Control)
Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice pest
Snake-neck turtle - Main species image