Dive in! Get exclusive updates from us when you subscribe to Aquarium emails.

Pignosed Turtle

Reptiles / Carettochelys insculpta
Length 21.65"
Conservation Status

The pig-nosed turtle (also known as the Fly River turtle) is a living fossil as it is the sole living member of a family of turtles that was once more widespread. Found only in Australia and New Guinea, the pig-nosed turtle has paddles instead of feet on its front legs (like a sea turtle) and a snorkel-shaped snout that gives rise to its common name.

Southern Papua New Guinea and extreme northeastern Australia
Rivers, lakes, streams and lagoons with soft floors; also found in some brackish water estuaries
Primarily herbivorous but will also feed on some animal matter
Pignosed Turtle
Pignosed Turtle
© 2024 Tennessee Aquarium. All Rights Reserved. Made by Whiteboard in Chattanooga