Check this mini snake-necked turtle out, he’s getting all Gary Coleman on yer asses:

But then you realize there’s nothing to worry about because HE’S THE SIZE OF A QUARTER:

This anerable baby Snake-necked turtle is currently giving the Side Eye to other turtles at the Smithsonian. Diff’rent Strokes for Libbie H.



  1. Oh Em Geeee!

    Second picture with the ZZZZ action + quarter?! YES!

  2. I think he looks a bit ET-ish. What an adorable leetle guy!

  3. so tiny

  4. wafflecat says:

    But I somehow feel he is needing his tiny spectacles and a wee little bowler hat…maybe a vest and the morning paper…

  5. so cute. so tie tie.

  6. Yes, It’s ET i think. PHOOOONE HOOOOOOOME!

  7. Gothimon says:

    omg he’s even sleeping with his butt in the air, just like a baby. Nighty-Night little one.

  8. Queen of Dork says:

    Well, someobdy had to do it.

  9. What’s with the neck?

  10. Queen of Dork says:

    Theresa: It’s a Slinky neck. like this:

  11. Who would have thunk that an amphibian could be so qte?

  12. Queen of Dork says:

    Theresa: I throw the gauntlet down. *throws it down in the dirt. Pffft* Wanna have a go at it? ’70s commercials perhaps? hmmmmmmmm??

  13. Mary (the first) says:

    He’s definitely an ET clone but on a small scale. And with a shell. Very cute though.. needless to say.

  14. i may just get nightmares from this–it’s less like a turtle and more like a big bug with a giraffe-size neck


  16. He’s wee! He’s so wee! He’s so wee I almost weed!

  17. kibblenibble says:

    Can he pull his head inside his shell? 😯

  18. He’s, like, turtle-y (tewtally?) E.T…

  19. Warrior Two says:

    Omigod Meg said ASSES. Screw this forking site, I come here for cute animals, not CHEAP SMUT. Unsubscribe!

  20. Queen of Dork says:

    *say in Royal Family British accent properly, what?* Oh no. Meg said asses? Crap. Really? Oh, dear. Boogery. What smut. What dreadful boogery, bloody smut. Too sad, Warrior Two, to see your shiny arse getting kicked as the door closes behind you, right? Quite. Okay, then. (spit, spot. off we go, gov, is that right?) *having tea now*

  21. Queen of Dork says:

    Oooooh! I got to use all of the proper spellings of the word to (too and two) in one whole sentence in that last post! Hot diggety damn!

  22. Oh dear, until I scrolled down, I was sure that was a picture of a turd… (either that or mämmi/memma, google it if you don’t know what it is)

  23. @QoD: Re: Slinky neck: (headslap) Oh, of course!!!

  24. Queen of Dork says:

    Uh-oh. Theresa’s in the house!

  25. Queen of Dork says:

    Theresa: I call and match you (and stuff and things…don’t really know that poker talk) But, I call and match and call and things and double down, and stuff and…crap. I have no idea what I’m talking about. *drops gauntlet in the dirt and walks away* crap. Now my gloves are all dirty. *climbs on horse in a clumsey way and rides into the sunrise*

  26. Queen of Dork says:

    Good grief. I’m bored. Okay. T.V. show theme songs or commercials, all of the ’70s. GO!!

  27. Queen of Dork says:

    Here’s mine! 🙂

  28. Queen of Dork says:

    Holy Crap. I seem to have the run of it. Well, okay then. Wow! Left me alone to do whatever I like! Yay! Wheeeeee!! *runs about through Snickering Lounge with pants off*

  29. The leetle eye capsules have made me DED.

  30. snoopysnake says:

    Turtles are reptiles.

    The Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC has a great reptile house with a whole tank of these lovable snake-neck turtles. It’s fascinating to watch them swim.

    (Great snakies there, too!)

  31. Andi from NC says:

    It took my eyes a minute to realize that in the first pic those are the swirls of a human hand he’s sitting on – good heavens that’s tiny!!!!

  32. Queen of Dork says:

    The eye caps are really cute. He is so cute. I’m hungry. *pops in mouf and chews*

  33. I have received my shipment of “snake-neck turtle” and I am very disappointed. The reptile I received is nothing like what was depicted in your television commercial. Is there a special treatment (vitamins, radiation) needed to complete my reptile? Please explain.

  34. Please to be noting Turtle tocks and teeny tiny turtle toes!

  35. Queen of Dork says:

    Patitio: That was one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen. Thanks! 🙂

  36. Durnit, Warrior Two beat me to it! BLOCKINGSITEIMMEDIATELYYYY. :p

    Such a wee dainty lil’ dude! CAN he pull his head in his shell?!

  37. Sporkles says:

    He looks like Toothless when he’s all sleeping! Maybe he’ll get wings when he gets older…

  38. Queen of Dork says:

    Awwwwwwww. My cat’s friend, Loretta just came in. I just noticed how much she’s grown since I first met her. She’s soooooo pretty. I love her white socks.

  39. CathyDee says:

    Definitely ET.

    Ell . . …. . . . eeeeeeeeeeee . . . . . . . . ut. Ell. . . eee. . . . ut. Elliot! Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot Elliot!

    I’ll . . . .be . . . . right . . . . here.

  40. Melissa H. says:

    The Slinky commercial reminded me of this:

  41. @patito– YIKES!!

    2QoD, sorry, I fell asleep! We’ll rematch some other time!

    RE: Sanford and Son: Last time I was on jury duty, they had a TV in the waiting room, and were showing Sanford & Sons continuously. I had a book I was reading, but I cracked up every time I heard “Shut up, Dummy!” 😆

  42. georgina0912 says:

    That is such a cute turtle, totalleh cute. And it is also endangered 😦

  43. Queen of Dork says:

    Theresa: If you want to, it’s go time.

  44. Queen of Dork says:

    Melissa H: Good one. Stand by. I think.

  45. Queen of Dork says:


  46. Q0D, whoa, I do believe that owl’s voice was Paul Winchell, also the voice of Tigger.

  47. Queen of Dork says:

    Peeps, sorry to be sad here but I need to talk. I am watching Extreme Makeover Home Edition and here is someone I once knew. Her name is Carol and she and I were apprentices at Dance Theatre of Harlem. Well, it appears, from watching the show, that she has been stricken with MS and not only can she no longer dance but she has to walk with the help of canes. I will never again complain about stupid things that happen in my life. Carol is an inspiration to me. I can’t believe this.

  48. Stef, that is so sad. I will send her good thoughts, and have Dante send her purrs.

  49. BabyOpossum says:

    LOL @ Patito Gigante

    Gamera is really neat
    He is filled with turtle meat
    We all love you, Ga-me-raaaaa!

  50. Queen of Dork says:

    Thanks Theresa. I don’t know why this is hurting me so much as I haven’t seen this person in years. I guess it was just startling to see her on TV barely able to walk. I guess it was just really unexpected. *sob* But I think she’ll be okay. 🙂

    P.S. I’m still going to kick your butt at Commercial Wars. (did I spell that right?)

  51. Queen of Dork says:

    Holy. Crap. 😯

  52. bookmonstercats says:

    Well ET cetainly (d’yerknow, I’ve never seen the film, although I feel as though I must have; perhaps there’s a collective consciousness about such things. Ahem… onwards). But can any of you clever reptile peeps tell me why s/he’s got patterns pretty much UNDERneath his/her shell? Wouldn’t the patterns usually be on the top for camouflage, to make them look like a shaded rock or something?

  53. The Dutchess of Cupcake says:

    He kinds reminds me of that turtle-like dude on Never-ending Story–you know the one? Especially the eye capsules in the second pic.

  54. This little guy is so adorable! I can practically hear the plink plink plink of his spectacular eye capsules! We have a whole bunch of new babies at the National Zoo, including a brand new baby kiwi hatchling! It was just discovered that the kiwi is a girl, which is great news, since female kiwis are outnumbered by the males in the wild. Here is a link to her very own personal webcam (because she is nocturnal, the best time to see her in action is during the evening)

    And because we have so many babies, we also have a ton of animal cams. I like to check in on these cams during the day when I need to decompress. Instant relaxation:

  55. QoD, I remember that s***.

    The Duchess of Cupcake? Wow, royalty really turns out for CO!

  56. Peeps, it’s not nice to fool the Queen of Dork!

  57. Queen of Dork says:

    Holy crap! Peeps, is there anybody out there who knows about plumbing? I just poured a whole bottle of this drano type stuff down my bathtub drain and I hope that was an ok thing to do? Zoiks! I hope so. I hope I don’t burn my tubes with the chemicallyness of that. Gosh. 😯

  58. Queen of Dork says:

    Ha-ha Theresa! I love that one! Stand by. I’m going to try to find something.

  59. Queen of Dork says:

    This one almost made me gag.

  60. QoD: Oh. Em. Frickin’ Gee!!!

    I had to breathe into a paper bag to recover from that!

    Kind cool kind WOW! QoD!!

    Hmm, let’s see.

  61. Queen of Dork says:

    Theresa: Wow! Rainbows and kitten whiskers happening over here. I LOVE that one. Stand by…

  62. Queen of Dork says:

    This one even scares me.

  63. Queen of Dork says:

    Theresa: I know I’m going out of turn here but I really couldn’t help myself when I thought of this gem. (tickity-tok) 🙂

  64. Is he filled with turtle meat?

  65. Queen of Dork says:

    I just out did myself. The “Shivering Bits?”

  66. Queen of Dork says:

    Patito did this horrifyingly scary thing earlier.
    *hides under bed shaking uncontrollably.*

  67. Ahh, the liberated ’70s! When the hoards of women hitting the workforce provided yet more opportunity to shame them, not only for being not sexy/clean/hygienic/odorless/domestic enough!

    So ladies, get your hands in that dishwater!

  68. Flutterby says:

    Tineeeee turtle. Brand new hatchink?

  69. Queen of Dork says:

    Theresa: Wow! That was good. Stand by

  70. Queen of Dork says:

    Here you go, Theresa. You have to kind of wait for it for a minute but the commercial is there. (Beat this)

  71. WILLIE MAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11 ***hedsplode*********

  72. More Woo-man shaming!:
    Digestible, too!

  73. Queen of Dork says:

    Oh. Is Willie Mays some big deal sports person? Was he some sort of really great hitter with the wooden bat thing? I’m really curious because I just don’t know. Zoiks!

  74. QoD, I can’t begin to convey his awesomeness!!!!

  75. Queen of Dork says:

    Theresa: Back atcha, baby!

  76. Queen of Dork says:

    Theresa: Really? Was he as good as Randy Johnson?

  77. Queen of Dork says:

    My all time favorite sports guy is JOHN ELWAY!!!!!!! (Go Broncos!!!!)

  78. Queen of Dork says:

    I heart John Elway! (oh yeah…and you, too Baryshnikov. Love you, too!)

  79. Q0D: Randy Johnson– My mother calls him a “(very bad word) with ears.” 😛

    What a dreadful name Randy Johnson is. Just think about it.

    ANYways . . . here’sa WTF for you. 😉

  80. Queen of Dork says:

    This is STILL fun to watch! 🙂 (you knew I had to do it, right?)

  81. Queen of Dork says:

    Theresa: Hahahaha!! I never thought of it like that before! (by the way, GO BRONCOS!)

  82. What says ’70s like Low Rider?

  83. Queen of Dork says:

    Theresa: Oh HELL no you did not just go there. LOVE that song! stand by….

  84. Queen of Dork says:

    More on the way….

  85. QoD, would you believe I actually saw this chick Madonna in a club in the early 80s, and thought “Jesus, this is the least talented person I have ever seen. They let just anybody get up and sing.” 😛 😆

  86. Queen of Dork says:

    Theresa: Hahaha! Stand by. got a good one for you. (if I can find it).

  87. Queen of Dork says:

    Holy crap. Bowie ROCKS!!

  88. Queen of Dork says:

    I was going to play one of my favorite song/videos, Pink Floyd, Comfortably Numb. But then I looked at it and I was like, maybe not so much. I love it, but it’s a tad dark for CO I imagine.

  89. Yes, QoD, post one of those light, frivolous Floyd songs! 😉

  90. They’re so cute at that age. I almost squashed one a couple of years ago and also used a quarter to show how (not) big it was
    No bigger than a Quarter

    and I’m finding it oddly fascinating how folks go from a bebeh turtle to Dawn to Gilligan’s island to Crisco etc etc

  91. He looks like Randall the bad guy from Monsters Inc. in the first picture. Scared me.

  92. oh meg, how i LOVE to see posts from you. no offense to the others, but it’s just SOOO classic C.O. when you post!!! 🙂

  93. Bookmonstercats–

    It’s called countershading–things are often lighter and strongly patterened underneath if they are likely to get snarfed by a predator from below. Turtles usually swim near the surface of water in the lighter zone, so to be invisible to a fish lurking below, they want to mach the brighter colors above. Patterning helps break up the outlines of the body. I heard a turtle guy give a talk about hatchlings and he speculated that the plastron spots functioned to warn fish not to swallow baby turts. He said they’re small enough to exit the fish through the gill slits–ouch!! But I’ve never heard that theory again, so I dunno.

    I used to work at the zoo and saw a brand new snake neck try to learn to walk and balance that head/neck without floomping forward.