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Higher TaxaChelidae, Chelodininae, Pleurodira, Testudines (turtles) 
Common NamesGiant Snake-necked Turtle 
SynonymChelodina expansa GRAY 1857: 370
Chelodina expansa GRAY 1857: 485
Chelodina expansa — GOODE 1968
Macrochelodina expansa — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 9
Chelodina expansa — COGGER 2000: 189
Macrochelodina expansa — FRITZ & HAVAS 2007
Chelodina expansa — HAMANN et al. 2008
Chelodina (Macrochelodina) expansa — GEORGES & THOMSON 2010
Chelodina (Macrochelodina) expansa — TTWG 2014 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland: from Rockhampton southwest through the coastal and interior areas to W New South Wales and the Murray River drainage, and on Fraser Island off Queensland; South Australia, Victoria)

Type locality: Australia.  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1947.3.4.21, BMNH 1947.3.5.88 
CommentHabitat: freshwater (rivers, swamps) 
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  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Covacevich J.A., Couper, P.J., McDonald, K.R. 1998. Reptile diversity at risk in the Brigalow Belt, Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 42 (2): 475-486
  • Ernst,C.H. and Barbour,R.W. 1989. Turtles of the World. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C. - London
  • Fritz, U. 1993. Bemerkungen über das Werbeverhalten der Riesen-Schlangenhalsschildkröte (Chelodina expansa). Herpetofauna 15 (83): 06-09 - get paper here
  • Gaffney, Eugene S. 1977. The side-necked turtle family Chelidae: a theory of relationships using shared derived characters. American Museum Novitates (2620): 1-28 - get paper here
  • Georges, A. & Thomson, S. 2010. Diversity of Australasian freshwater turtles, with an annotated synonymy and keys to species. Zootaxa 2496: 1–37 - get paper here
  • Georges, A.; Adams, M.; McCord, W. 2002. Electrophoretic delineation of species boundaries within the genus Chelodina (Testudines: Chelidae) of Australia, New Guinea and Indonesia. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 134 (4): 401-422
  • Goode, J. 1968. Morphological variations in Victorian tortoises with special reference to the intermediate form of Chelodina expansa. Victorian Naturalist 85: 263-267 - get paper here
  • Gray, J.E. 1857. Description of a new species of Chelodina from Australia. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1856: 369-371 - get paper here
  • Gray,J.E. 1857. Description of a new species of Chelodina from Australia. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (2) 19: 485-486 - get paper here
  • HAMANN, M., SCHÄUBLE, C.S., EMERICK, S.P., LIMPUS, D.J. & LIMPUS, C.J. 2008. Freshwater turtle populations in the Burnett River. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 52 (2): 221-232 - get paper here
  • Hodges, Kate; Stephen Donnellan and Arthur Georges 2014. Phylogeography of the Australian freshwater turtle Chelodina expansa reveals complex relationships among inland and coastal bioregions. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society<br />111 (4): 789–805; DOI: 10.1111/bij.12221 - get paper here
  • Murphy, Michael J 2016. First record of the broad-shelled river turtle 'Chelodina expansa' gray, 1857 (Testudines: Chelidae) from the Castlereagh river in Northern Inland New South Wales, with notes on nesting Victorian Naturalist 133 (4) - get paper here
  • TTWG [Peter Paul van Dijk, John B. Iverson, Anders G.J. Rhodin, H. Bradley Shaffer, and Roger Bour] 2014. Turtles of the World, 7th Edition: Annotated Checklist of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution with Maps, and Conservation Status. 000.v7. Chelonian Research Monographs (ISSN 1088-7105) No. 5, doi:10.3854/crm.5.000.checklist.v7.2014 - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
  • Winkler, J.D. 2006. Testing phylogenetic implications of eggshell characters in side-necked turtles (Testudines: Pleurodira). Zoology 109: 127-136
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