A hatchling Rote Island Snake-necked Turtle on its first day out of its egg at the TSC.

By Cris Hagen

The Turtle Survival Center is proud to announce its first ever captive breeding of the critically endangered Rote Island Snake-necked Turtle (Chelodina mccordi). The success of this reproduction is particularly important to the studbook management of this species because it represents a completely new bloodline to the captive population. The male and female were imported into the U.S. as adults in the late 1990s and lived a solitary existence in captivity until 2017. They were brought together at the TSC after living for 20 years without a mate and are now reproductively active once again after the long hiatus. Three hatchlings have been produced so far and a second clutch of nine eggs from this pair is currently developing in an incubator. Another clutch of eggs from a captive bred pair at the TSC is also incubating and expected to hatch soon. We hope to produce many more offspring over the coming years that will help contribute to head-starting and reintroduction efforts currently underway through the Wildlife Conservation Society.


  1. Fred Caporaso on March 13, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Fantastic news! Congratulations to you and the other TSC team members.

  2. Mark Feldman on March 14, 2019 at 2:19 am

    I have been breeding Chelodina longicollis for a year now. I have had formidable difficulties inducing them to lay their eggs. The eggs are easy to hatch but the young are difficult to feed; mosquito larvae and very small gambusia have worked well but they will not take dead food, at least not yet. The adults become fixated on food items as well and will not “change their minds” unless starved for a few days.
    I’ll be happy to chat with you about it at the next TSA meet in August.

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