Pig nosed turtle

Scientific name:  Carettochelys insculpta
Class:  Reptiles
Continent:  Oceania
Habitat:  Rivers, estuaries, swamps and lakes
Diet:  Omnivorous
Weight:  18 - 27 kg
Size:  25 - 30 cm

The pig-nosed turtle is unlike any other species of freshwater turtle. It gets its name from its elongated, fleshy, pig-like snout. These specialised nostrils act as a snorkel at the surface of the water allowing the turtle to breathe whilst the rest of the body remains submerged.

In addition, the turtle's limbs are adapted into flippers resembling those of marine turtles. These turtles lack bony scutes over their shell bout have a leathery skin similar to those found in softshell turtles.It is almost entirely aquatic, with only the female ever leaving the water to nest.

Though native to Australia and New Guinea these turtles are becoming more and more popular as part of the exotic pet trade. 

Bob, the Oceanarium's pig-nose turtle, is situated in the Ganges display.

Conservation status
Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


This turtle gets its name from its elongated, fleshy snout which it uses as a snorkel to help it breathe while remaining submerged.
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