The southwestern snake-necked turtle or narrow-breasted snake-necked turtle is a species of turtle in the Chelidae family. Chelodina colliei is very peculiar long-necked turtle because it is unique in many ways. The species is endemic to the south-west part of Western Australia, and the only member out of the Chelodina and Macrochelodina genera to have well developed neural bones. Their shell is oblong, rather contracted in front, with a broad impression on the middle of the back. The back is olive brown, with irregular anastomosing lines of the shields; beneath reddish-yellow. The marginal plates longer than broad, the second larger than the first and third; and rather angularly produced in the middle of the inner edge, opposite the suture between the first dorsal and first costal plate; the sternum high, flat, strongly and sharply keeled on the sides.
Chelodina colliei is endemic to the southwestern part of Western Australia. It is this species' uniqueness that also makes it more vulnerable for environmental threats. The destruction of this species' natural habitat, many road kills of turtles searching for either a nesting site or a water body that does not dry out in summer, and natural predators are main causes of the Chelodina colliei population's decrease in numbers.
First photo is a female Narrow-breasted snake-necked turtle, the second one shows her clutch of eggs. Spotted at Emu Point, Australia. (sources:see reference)
Lat: -35.00, Long: 117.93
Spotted on Nov 28, 2009
Submitted on May 19, 2014
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