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Snake-necked Turtle

Snake-necked Turtle
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-31
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Australian Reptiles and Frogs [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-09-19 7:20
Viewed: 5295
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Snake-necked Turtle (Chelodina longicollis) is a small relatively common freshwater turtle from eastern Australia. Inhabiting swamps, lagoons and slow move streams it is most often observed during spring and summer moving over land (and roads) between wetlands. Many peoples first experience with this turtle is when they stop on the roadside to ‘rescue’ a turtle before it is run over on the road. Unfortunately, when the turtle is picked up it releases vast quantities of very foul smelling liquid, not a pleasant experience for the person trying to do the right thing. And yes, I have to admit that I had the same smelly experience many years ago...yuk.

This one was taken at Featherdale Wildlife Park in western Sydney

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Hi Chris,

Cool shot. Excellent details and composition. Interesting note, If ever in my dreams, I am in your country and come across one, I won't pick it up. :)
Excellent work.


Hi chris,
Very interesting POV, very funny pose, good colour and details, great composed.
Well done and thanks for sharing!

Great shot Chris,
Excellent detail, sharpness and composition. The colours and exposure are very good. excellent POV.
Thanks for posting, have a good day

Nice shot Chris - Cute mug/look, Thank You!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-09-19 23:42]

Chris, to me, the shot seems rather funny - and that's really nice.

Excellent sharpness and composition. I guess you didn't use flash here. Am I right?

An unusual shot, and that makes it really worthwhile posting.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-09-20 3:25]

What a POV, Chris. It is quite striking. Very interesting picture of this turtle. The expression of his eyes and his whole face is rather humorous. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-09-20 7:26]

Hello Chris!
Funny capture.Expression on turtles face is amazing.I liked POV,details and composition a lot.TFS...:-)

Hi Chris,
Excellent capture on this interesting turtle. All the elements of this shot are right on the money. The note is great. I would bee one of those fools that stop and try and help. Thanks for the warning if I ever get down under.

This is a great shot Chris, not to mention that I love turtles as well. I 'm definitely the kind of guy that will pull over and help the chelonian across the road. I want to come over their so much, I love Australia I even named one of my daughters after one of your cities Sydney. Paul :)

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