Native Australian freshwater turtle species

Australia is home to 24 species of freshwater turtle. All but one of these species belong to the family Chelidae, a family we share with New Guinea and neighbouring islands, and South America. These turtles turn their heads sideways when fitting their necks back into their shells. They also propel themselves through the water with powerful hind limbs.

They include:

Long-necked (or snake-necked) turtles, some with necks as long as their shells
Short-necked turtles
Snapping turtles
Western swamp turtle – found only in one tiny area in Western Australia