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They are one of the most impressive tank turtles to keep.
They are outstanding swimmers and put on a fine display when stalking fish and insects.
Our hatchlings readily take pellets, cut or small live fish, cut beef heart, super and earth worms.
Chelodina Siebenrocki can fold it’s long neck and tuck it completely under it’s shell
This intriguing turtle does not need to bask, and will endlessly fascinate keepers
– who can’t help but do a double take at one of nature’s true oddities.
Reproduction of Siebenrock’s Snake Necked Turtle
Like all turtles, the northern snake-necked turtle is oviparous. Unlike any other turtle, however, C. rugosa lays her eggs underwater.
Aboriginal Australians have had knowledge of this reproductive behavior for many generations,
but the first published report was by Kennett et al. in 1993.
Nests are excavated in soft substrate in billabongs and other ephemeral bodies of slow-moving fresh water toward the end of the wet season (austral summer, Dec-April).
An average of 12 eggs are buried under 6–20 cm of sediment in shallow (<2 m) water.
As the dry season progresses and the waters recede, the nests eventually dry out, and only then
– when atmospheric oxygen is available baby siebenrock’s snake necked
– do the embryos within the eggs resume growth.
Exhibiting a reproductive strategy unique among reptiles, embryos of C. rugosa can survive at least 12 weeks of submersion.
The hatchlings emerge approximately 70 days after resumption of development.
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