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Pig-nosed Turtle

Pig nosed turtles are a type of turtles belonging to the Carettochelyidae family, found in southern New Guinea and northern Australia. They are known to be extremely aggressive in captivity, and also are more territorial than most of other turtles and tortoises.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Superfamily Trionychia
    Family Carettochelyidae
    Subfamily Carettochelyinae
    Genus Carettochelys
    Scientific Name Carettochelys insculpta


    Other Names Pitted-shelled Turtle, Fly River Turtle
    Size Around 70 cm
    Weight More than 20kg
    Color Gray or olive outer shell with cream underside
    Distribution Northern region of Australia, New Guinea
    Habitat Rivers, lagoons, freshwater streams, lakes
    Diet Leaves and fruits of figs, crustaceans, molluscs, insects
    Predators Argus monitors, Mertens’ water monitors
    Breeding Season July – October
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 7to 39 eggs
    Incubation Period Around 2 months
    Reproductive Age Males: Around 16 years
    Females: Around 18 or more years
    Average Lifespan In Wild: Around 25 years
    In Captivity: Up to 38 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on October 25th 2016 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 13th August 2018.

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