Courtasy of
Pig-Nosed Turtle
Carettochelys insculpta

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Superfamily: Trionychia
Family: Carettochelyidae
Subfamily: Carettochelyinae
Genus: Carettochelys
Species: C. insculpta

Description: It is also known as the Fly River Turtle. It can measure 28 inches in length, it can weigh 44 pounds. Its feet are flippers, resembling those of marine turtles. Its nose looks like that of a pig. Its carapace is grey or olive, with a leathery texture, the plastron is cream-colored.

Location: Northern Australia and southern New Guinea.

Food: Fruits, leaves, crustaceans, molluscs, insects.

Breeding: It reaches sexual maturity at around 16 (male), 18 0r more (female) years of age. The sex of the hatchlings is determined by the temperature that the eggs are incubated at, hotter temperatures results in females.



Feeding: It can be offered processed turtle pellets or trout chow, as well as various fruits and vegetables.

Care: Breeding is rarely an option to the hobbyist, as adults are highly aggressive and will attack each other in all but the largest enclosures.

Notes: It retains a domed bony carapace beneath its leathery skin, rather than a flat plate.

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November 2012
October 2017