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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.

Range
Southern Papua New Guinea and extreme northeastern Australia
Habitat
Rivers, lakes, streams and lagoons with soft floors; also found in some brackish water estuaries
Diet
Primarily herbivorous but will also feed on some animal matter
Pignosed Turtle
Pignosed Turtle
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