May 24, 2022 –
May 23 is World Turtle Day and we want to celebrate the Southwestern Snaked-Necked Turtle - the only native freshwater turtle that lives in Perth! You might know them as the long-necked turtle or the oblong turtle and they probably live in a wetland near you.
Did you know:
Adult Southwestern Snake-Necked Turtles are underwater apex predators of wetlands
They are estimated to live for 30-40 years
Female turtles leave the wetland to nest, travelling between 1 and 800m
They can survive dry conditions by burrowing into mud or leaves and living off stored body fats (aestivation)
Join us for a presentation by Murdoch researcher, Anthony Santoro to learn more about this fascinating reptile, some of the threats it is facing and current research in the field.