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Siebenrock's Snake Necked Turtle (Yearlings and Two Year Olds): Chelodina siebenrocki
Category: Asian Water Turtles
We've saved and raised a few of these really cool snake-necks for keepers to put in with a bit larger turtles. (And because we love to watch them eat and grow too : )
Hatchlings are born at about an inch with their neck and head extending another 1.5 inches and weigh about 7 grams - we raise our hatchlings up for several months to about an inch and a quarter and about 14 grams, before they are well started and ready for new homes... Our Yearlings are about 1.75 inches and 30 grams, and our 2 year olds are 2.5 + inches and 50 grams.
At the yearling size, they are past the awkward early stages - and are starting to become mini versions of the super predators they will one day be... Watching them hunt through the plants, rock & logs in a glass tank is as exciting as it gets ! . . . . Their species description follows:
Siebenrock's snake-necked turtle (Chelodina siebenrocki), is a very odd looking turtle from the swamps, marshes and lagoons of the southern coast of New Guinea west of the Fly River, and is also thought to occur at Cape York in Australia. With a head and neck equal to it's shell length, this carnivorous turtle is a super predator - with powerful neck muscles it launches it's head with amazing speed, seizing it's prey. Despite Siebenrocki's impressive hunting skills, it is not aggressive, and does not bite when handled.
Siebenrock's Snake-necked Turtles 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 - yet it often forages about with it's neck fully extended, ready to retract as fast as it can strike. 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.
* Remember, each turtle order comes with a free starter sample of the same Turtle diet your Turtle has been raised on - this will last one small turtle a few weeks - to order larger quantities, see the lower left side of this page. *
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