Snake-necked Turtles

If just its neck and its head emerge at the water surface, people must think that it is a snake. Nonetheless, the price of this turtle might be equal to the amount of money to buy a secondhand car in Jakarta. The snake-necked turtle of the Rote Island (Chelodina mccordi) serves as an example how the illegal trade of wild species without tight control could lead them to the brink of extinction. About 40 snake-necked turtles have been released to their habitat in Rote Island in a ceremony involving the Forestry Minister. It might be nearly late in conservation measure—on the other hand, it might be the beginning of a success.