Chelodina siebenrocki

Chelodina siebenrocki

name = Chelodina siebenrocki

status = LR/nt | status_system = IUCN2.3
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Reptilia
ordo = Testudines
familia = Chelidae
genus = "Chelodina"
species = "C. siebenrocki"
binomial = "Chelodina siebenrocki"
binomial_authority = Werner, 1901
synonyms =

"Chelodina siebenrocki" is a species of turtle in the Chelidae family. Named after Austrian biologist : Friedrick Siebenrock. It is found in Indonesia and Pitcairn. It is a species of Pluerodirian (side neck turtle). more specifically, It has a very long neck. As such, these long neck turtles are often called snake neck turtles. This is a carnivorous turtle that will consume, fish, tadpoles, hatchling turtles, worms, crickets, etc. A fairly high PH is recommended for this species to combat fungal infections.

It is not an aggressive species in a biting defense. Individuals tend to flail to escape rather than bite. This species can be found not only in fresh water but due to the proximity of the south New Guinea coast and close off shore islands, also can be found in brackish water. Chelodina siebenrocki tends to hide under and between rocks and logs where possible or buries itself in the mud to act as an ambush predator to fish, amphibian, and invertebrate prey - Schnirel, 2008.

Sexual dimorphism is quite evident in this species. Females can be easily recognized by the very short, stubby tail.

A taxonomic restructuring has Chelodina seibenrocki (underlined) now included within

Macrochelodina rugosa (Underlined).


* Asian Turtle Trade Working Group 2000. [ Chelodina siebenrocki] . [ 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. ] Downloaded on 29 July 2007.

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