New Guinea Snake-neck Turtle
New Guinea and adjacent islands, northeastern Australia.
Small and large freshwater bodies of water, jungle rivers with ample vegetation.
Carapace fairly typical, but shows some variation from "normal" turtle patterns. Long neck and (including head) can sometimes exceed the length of the carapace. Carapace plates with furrous. Skin very dark.
When resting, this turtle twists its long neck off to the side for protection. The highly flexible neck permits foraging in mud as well as snorkeling. It also allows the turtle to strike quickly to capture prey.
The snake-neck turtle is oviparous. 17-21 eggs are laid and incubation lasts 75-110 days depending on temperature.
These animals are side-necked turtles unlike hidden-neck turtles. This means that the neck and head fold sideways under the edge of the carapace instead of back in the shell.