Reptile

Roti Island Snake-necked Turtle

Area: 
Roti Island in eastern Indonesia
Habitat: 
Wetlands
Food: 
Water insects, fish, shrimp, tadpoles, and aquatic plants
Size: 
Shell about 1 foot long
Babies: 
Hatch from eggs after 9 weeks
Snake-necked turtles release a bad-smelling liquid when disturbed.
One Heck of a Neck

 

 

The snakeAn animal with a long, scaly body and no arms, legs, or wings. Snakes have backbones and are cold-blooded.-necked turtle gets its name from its unique neck. The neck is longer than other turtles’—almost as long as its shell! In fact, the neck is so long that the turtle can’t simply pull it inside its shell. Instead, the animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. folds in an s-shape that looks quite snakeAn animal with a long, scaly body and no arms, legs, or wings. Snakes have backbones and are cold-blooded.-like!

 

SnakeAn animal with a long, scaly body and no arms, legs, or wings. Snakes have backbones and are cold-blooded.-necked turtles have webbed feetThe feet of some birds, such as ducks, some mammals, such as otters, or some reptiles, such as turtles, where the toes are connected near the tips by a thin membrane of skin. This helps these animals paddle or swim through water. and are good swimmers. But they often get around by walking along stream and pond bottoms. That long neck is a handy adaptation for getting food. A snakeAn animal with a long, scaly body and no arms, legs, or wings. Snakes have backbones and are cold-blooded.-necked turtle slowly sneaks up on its preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food.. Then, quick as a blink, it thrusts its long neck out and grabs its meal!

 

Roti Island snakeAn animal with a long, scaly body and no arms, legs, or wings. Snakes have backbones and are cold-blooded.-necked turtles are endangeredAnimals or plants that survive in such low numbers that they could become extinct in a few years unless something is done to help the populations increase..  They have lost some of their habitatWhere an animal or plant normally lives and grows. to humans, and feralDomestic animals that have escaped and reverted to a wild (untamed) state. pigs eat turtle eggs before they can hatch. But the biggest threat comes from poaching for the pet trade. Because they are so unusual, reptileA cold-blooded, air-breathing animal that has a backbone. Reptiles have dry, scaly skin. They move by either creeping on short legs or crawling on their bellies. Most reproduce by laying eggs. collectors will pay a lot of money to own one. Although these turtles are protected by law, some people capture and try to smuggle them out of the country to sell. The turtles don’t always survive the journey.