Monday, 8 November 2010

Eastern Snake-necked Turtle (Chelodina Longicollis)

We don’t why, but this is the second time an Eastern Snake-necked Turtle has laid – or tried to lay – her eggs in the rock-hard clay driveway next to the house.

“Nests are constructed in clay soils by exuding copious quantities of cloacal fluid…

Nests are constructed by drilling in the sand and earth using the feet, eventually creating a circular hole. Nesting occurs in spring or early summer (November or December). Females usually lay one clutch of eggs annually of between 6 and 23 eggs. The volume of C. longicollis eggs is between 4.0 to 6.7 ml. The eggs are an ellipsoidal spheroid shape. Incubation time is approximately 3 to 4 months after which the embryos cut out of the shell using a nasal ‘tooth’.”
James Cook University

At the top of third photo, you’ll see car tyres on concrete – that’s the carport. That’s how close to the house the turtle is laying her eggs.


  1. Not good if she lays them there so close to the cars! Can they somehow be moved by someone who knows how?

    I'm a big turtle fan.... :)

  2. This is the third blog I follow in as many days that has had a turtle in it ... there must be a turtle thing happening.

  3. Fascinating! Our sea turtles come right up on our beach to lay their eggs. The tourists have to get out of the way.

  4. I'm enthralled! What an exciting thing to happen so close to your home. What a responsibility for you too. The possibility of up to 23 eggs! You'll have your very own turtle colony :D
    Looking forward to your updates!

  5. Alan has positioned a couple of rocks so he doesn't accidentally run over the nest. I'm actually more concerned about them hatching. I hope we're around when they do, otherwise they face the likelihood of being picked off by magpies and ravens.