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Eastern Long-neck Turtle at Curtin, ACT

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Chelodina longicollis at Curtin, ACT - 15 Nov 2018
Chelodina longicollis at Curtin, ACT - 15 Nov 2018
Chelodina longicollis at Curtin, ACT - 15 Nov 2018
Chelodina longicollis at Curtin, ACT - 15 Nov 2018
Chelodina longicollis at Curtin, ACT - 15 Nov 2018

Identification history

Turtle Chelodina longicollis 15 Nov 2018 wombey
Turtle Chelodina longicollis 15 Nov 2018 BIrdsinCanberra

Author's notes

I took some of these photos this morning during my morning cycling commute between Yarralumla Creek and the Curtin playing fields. I noticed this turtle had crawled onto the grass between the creek and the bike path. It seemed determined to cross the path. I accidentally spooked it taking photos, so it pulled its head into is shell but became accustomed to my and other people's presence. I left it near the bike path, not knowing what it was doing. On the way home this afternoon, I saw it was across the bike path, about two metres west of it, digging in the grass. I am guessing it is a female getting ready to lay eggs. I was surprised to see it doing so in the daytime in such an open area.

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Location

Location information

  • Coordinates 149.078753-35.316273
  • Altitude 550.0m
  • Places Curtin, ACT

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 15 Nov 2018 6:13 AM Recorded on
  • BIrdsinCanberra Recorded by
  • Website Reported via
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