Definition of side-necked turtle in English:

side-necked turtle

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noun

  • A freshwater turtle with a relatively long head and neck that is retracted sideways into the shell for defence.
    • Suborder Pleurodira: families Chelidae (South America and Australasia) and Pelomedusidae (South America and southern Africa), and several genera
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    • The carapace of this appealing side-necked turtle is a medium to charcoal gray color with no design.
    • This turtle is a side-necked turtle, as are all turtle species of New Guinea and Australia.
    • The 70 or so species of side-necked turtles bend their necks sideways and tuck their heads in under the front edge of the upper shell.

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