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Long-necked turtles
Chelodina - Fitzinger, 1826

Pronunciation: KE-loh-DEE-nah
Etymology: 'little tortoise'.

Taxonomic notes:

Some members of this genus are sometimes assigned to Macrochelodina, but this has not gained widespread acceptance.

Statistics: Reproductive modes:
Oviparous - 7 out of 7 Australian species

Size range:
Smallest Australian species: flat-shelled turtle (Chelodina steindachneri) at 20 cm
 Longest Australian species: broad-shelled turtle (Chelodina expansa) at up to 48 cm
Number of Australian species: 7

sandstone long-necked turtle (Chelodina burrungandjii)
North Kimberley, Western Australia
Photo © Henry Cook
sandstone long-necked turtle (Chelodina burrungandjii) distribution range map Chelodina burrungandjii
Sandstone long-necked turtle
Year described
Thomson, Kennett & Georges 2000

Cann's long-necked turtle (Chelodina canni)
Cape York Peninsula, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
Cann's long-necked turtle (Chelodina canni) distribution range map Chelodina canni
Cann's long-necked turtle
Year described
McCord & Thomson 2002
Similar to Chelodina longicollis.

south-western long-necked turtle (Chelodina colliei)
Darling Range, Western Australia
Photo © Ray Lloyd
south-western long-necked turtle (Chelodina colliei) distribution range map Chelodina colliei
South-western long-necked turtle
Year described
Gray 1856

broad-shelled turtle (Chelodina expansa)
Brisbane, Queensland
Photo © Jeremy Ringma
broad-shelled turtle (Chelodina expansa) distribution range map Chelodina expansa
Broad-shelled turtle
Year described
Gray 1857

eastern long-necked turtle (Chelodina longicollis)
Girraween National Park, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
eastern long-necked turtle (Chelodina longicollis) distribution range map Chelodina longicollis
Eastern long-necked turtle
Year described
(Shaw 1794)
Neck about same length as shell. Plastron scutes with dark margins. Carapace black to very dark brown.

northern long-necked turtle (Chelodina oblonga)
Marrakai, Northern Territory
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
northern long-necked turtle (Chelodina oblonga) distribution range map Chelodina oblonga
Northern long-necked turtle
Year described
Gray 1841

flat-shelled turtle (Chelodina steindachneri)
Port Hedland, Western Australia
Photo © Jordan Vos
flat-shelled turtle (Chelodina steindachneri) distribution range map Chelodina steindachneri
Flat-shelled turtle
Year described
Siebenrock 1914

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