Den (dewhitton) wrote,

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It's not always bats

This eastern snake-necked tortoise followed the storm water system from the Macquarie River to the centre of town. She crawled out of a drain about 3km from the river. I rescued and kept her for a few days to see if any injuries showed.

Eastern Snake-Necked Tortoise. The shell is about 20cm long

I know she is female because:

1 - The plastern (under-side shell) was flat. It is concave in males so they can... um... you know... fit together.

2 - She was wandering. Male find a nice water hole and sit. The female has to do all the searching for a mate, then wander looking for a nesting site. Eggs are laid in November and hatch after a couple of months.

Release day!

These are aquatic tortoises, only coming ashore to lay eggs or to find a new waterhole. This photo was taken using a polarizing filter to kill the reflection so the animal is visible. The water is approx. 3 feet deep, but dropping to 15 feet further out.

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