Chelodina longicollis

Common Snake-necked Turtle

Chelodina longicollis (Shaw, 1794)

Basic info

Common names
  • Common or Eastern snake-necked turtle
  • Eastern snake-necked turtle
  • Common Snake-necked Turtle
Species nameChelodina longicollis
Scientific nameChelodina longicollis (Shaw, 1794)
Chelodina longicollis

Further Reading

Temperatures & Season

Day time temperatures

Background summer28 - 30 °F
Background winter24 - 28 °F
Basking spot35 °F

Night time temperatures

Background22 - 24 °F


Winter treatmentcooling
Photoperiod summer13-14 hours
Photoperiod winter11-10 hours


Microhabitats are specific small habitats that an organism inhabits within its broader environment. These can vary greatly depending on the species and can give us insights into the preferred living conditions of each reptile. Understanding these microhabitats can be key to providing the correct care for these animals in captivity.

  • Forest floor
    Forest floor
  • Foliage or shrubs
    Foliage or shrubs
  • Riparian or wetlands
    Riparian or wetlands

Ferguson Zones

Ferguson Zones are a way to classify the amount of UV light that reptiles are exposed to in their natural habitats. These zones help us understand and replicate their natural light conditions in captivity, promoting the health and wellbeing of the reptiles. Below, we detail the specific Ferguson Zones of the Chinese Water Dragon, along with recommendations for replicating these conditions

The Ferguson Zone in which the Common Snake-necked Turtle has been placed has been chosen based upon an assessment of its typical basking behaviour and likely microhabitat in the wild.

Open or partial sun basker
UVI range avarage: 1-2.6, UVI max recorded: 2.9-7.4

Recommended lighting methods in captivity

Sunbeam method

This method uses the 'Max UVI Recorded' value as a guide for the upper limit of the UVB gradient in captivity. This maximum should be the highest level which a Common Snake-necked Turtle can obtain at its closest approach to its UVB lamp. The highlighted area in the table below represents this range for the Common Snake-necked Turtle.


More in-depth information about Ferguson zones can be found here: https://jzar.org/jzar/article/view/150

Community collected distribution (16343 occurrences)


These are the biomes the Common Snake-necked Turtle was found in. Click here to learn more about terrestrial ecoregions and biomes.

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  1. Baines, F.M., Chattell, J., Dale, J., Garrick, D., Gill, I., Goetz, M., Skelton, T. and Swatman, M. 2016. How much UVB does my reptile need? The UV-Tool, a guide to the selection of UV lighting for reptiles and amphibians in captivity. Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research. 4, 1 (Jan. 2016), 42–63. DOI:https://doi.org/10.19227/jzar.v4i1.150.
  2. Chelodina longicollis (Shaw, 1794) in GBIF Secretariat (2021). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/39omei accessed via GBIF.org
  3. Shaw, G. The Zoology of New Holland.
  4. iNaturalist. Available from https://www.inaturalist.org
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