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Conservation status: Secure
Eastern Long-necked Tortoise (Chelodina longicollis)
Eastern Long-necked Tortoise (Chelodina longicollis)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Pleurodira
Family: Chelidae
Genus: Chelodina
Fitzinger, 1826
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Chelodina is an ancient genus of Chelid turtles native to Australia, New Guinea and the island of Roti of the Indonesian archepeligo. The first fossils (C. alanrixi) are known from Queensland from the Eocene period. The turtles within this genus are small to medium sized, with oval shaped carapace. They are side-necked turtles, meaning they tuck their head partially around the side of their body when threatened instead of directly backwards. Chelodina and the genus Macrochelodina describe snake-necked turtles.


  • Chelodina alanrixi (fossil)
  • Chelodina insculpta (fossil)
  • Chelodina burrungandjii (Thomson, Kennett & Georges, 2000)
  • Chelodina canni (McCord & Thompson, 2002)
  • Chelodina expansa (Gray, 1857)
  • Chelodina kuchlingi (Cann, 1997)
  • Chelodina longicollis (Shaw, 1794)
  • Chelodina mccordi (Rhodin, 1994)
  • Chelodina novaeguineae (Boulenger, 1888)
  • Chelodina oblonga (Gray, 1841)
  • Chelodina parkeri (Rhodin and Mittermeier, 1976)
  • Chelodina reimanni (Philippen and Grossmann, 1990)
  • Chelodina rugosa (Ogilby, 1890)
  • Chelodina siebenrocki (Werner, 1901)
  • Chelodina steindachneri (Siebenrock, 1914)


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