Red-bellied short-necked turtle

Red-bellied short-necked turtle
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Pleurodira
Family: Chelidae
Subfamily: Chelodininae
Genus: Emydura
Species: E. subglobosa
Binomial name
Emydura subglobosa
(Krefft, 1876)[1]

Emydura subglobosa subglobosa

  • Euchelymys subglobosa Krefft, 1876
  • Emydura albertisii Boulenger, 1888
  • Tropicochelymys goodei Wells & Wellington, 1985 (nomen nudum)

Emydura subglobosa worrelli

  • Tropicochelymys worrelli Wells & Wellington, 1985

The red-bellied short-necked turtle (Emydura subglobosa), pink-bellied side-necked turtle, or Jardine River turtle is a species of turtle in the Chelidae family.

Geographic range

E. subglobosa is found in Australia and Papua New Guinea.


The majority of the time, E. subglobosa is around shallow, muddy areas of water.

In captivity

Red-bellied short-necked turtles are popular as pets. A 75-gallon or larger aquarium is used to house this species. In captivity, they feed on fish, commercial turtle pellets and plant matter.

Due to Australia's ban of exporting wild-caught animals, so all wild-caught individuals are from New Guinea. In the United States, Florida had bred these turtles to supply the market. Hong Kong and Taiwan had also bred red-bellied short-necked turtles.


  1. Krefft, Gerard. 1876. Notes on Australian animals in New Guinea with description of a new species of fresh water tortoise belonging to the genus Euchelymys (Gray). Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale Giacomo Doria [Series 1] 8: 390–394. (Euchelymys subglobosa, new species).
  2. Turtle Taxonomy Working Group [van Dijk , P.P., Iverson, J.B., Shaffer, H.B., Bour, R., and Rhodin, A.G.J.]. 2012. Turtles of the world, 2012 update: annotated checklist of taxonomy, synonymy, distribution, and conservation status. Chelonian Research Monographs No. 5, pp. 000.243–000.328, doi:10.3854/crm.5.000.checklist.v5.2012, .
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