Flat-shelled Turtle

 

Common Name: Flat-shelled Turtle
Scientific Name: Chelodina Steindachneri
Family: Cheluidae (Freshwater Turtle)
Genus: Chelodina
Status: Secure – Category 4
Size: CL 200mm (Carapace length)

—— Description ——
This species have extremely long necks, usually as long or longer than the carapace. Forefeet each have 4 claws. Gular shields in contact in front of intergular shield (fig.1). Tend to cluster between 2 extremes; a group of very large turtles with disproportionately long thick necks, broad flat heads and small plastrons, and small turtles with slender necks, smaller, deeper heads and relatively larger plastrons. These carnivores feed on anything small enough to seize and swallow, such as fish, tadpole, crustaceans, insects and carrion. They hunt by ambush, using the long neck to strike in a snakelike manner while gaping the mouth to suck in prey. Freshwater turtles lay their eggs on land in sand or soil near water. Chelodina steindachneri: CL 200mm Slender neck, small, moderately depressed head and flat brown shell. Uniform brown above and paler below.

—— Preferred Habitat ——
In many areas all or most waterways dry up annually, requiring extended aestivation or lrngthy overland migration. This species can be ubundant and obvious in some clear shallow pools.

The following equipment is needed for this reptile:

  • An adequately sized Reptile Vivarium/Aquarium.
  • A suitable heating source, ie: Heat Element, Heat Mat, Heat Cord and Heat Lamp / Aquarium Heater.
  • Adequate lighting, ie: UVA – UVB.
  • Other optional products are also available to ensure total comfort for your reptile.