The Roti Island Snake-Necked Turtle (Chelodina mccordi) is a freshwater chelonian reptile. It is also known as McCord’s Snakeneck Turtle.
The Roti Island Snake-Necked Turtle has a pale grey-brown slightly-domed carapace (upper shell) and a pale buff-white plastron (lower underbelly shell). Its neck is very long – about the same size as its shell – and is dark-brown on the upperparts and whitish on the underparts. It has webbed feet with sharp claws. It has dark eyes.
It measures 18-24 centimetres (7-9 inches) long.
The Roti Island Snake-Necked Turtle is native to Roti Island in Indonesia. It prefers swamps, rice paddies, and small lakes.
It eats insects and small aquatic animals.
Females lay 8-14 eggs, which hatch after 3 months. As the young turtles grow, the dark colour of their shells become paler.
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