Geographic Range. Pig-nosed turtles have a very restricted range, being found in the northernmost river systems of the Northern Territory of Australia and in. The pig-nosed turtle is the sole surviving member of its entire family, Carettochelyidae, and sits alone on a branch of the tree of life reaching back around Learn more about the Pig-nosed turtle – with amazing Pig-nosed turtle videos, photos and facts on Arkive.

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In addition to the flipper-like forelimbs, the webbed hind limbs are used for both paddling and steering, while the carapace is quite streamlined, and lacks hard protective scutesinstead being covered with soft, pitted, leathery skin.

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Little is known about their general behaviour, as there have been few studies in the wild. Views Read Edit View history. The plastron is cream-colored, while the carapace can vary between different shades of brown to dark gray.

In Australia, the main threat to the species is habitat loss and alteration 1with nest sites having been trampled and riverside vegetation destroyed by water buffalo 6 7 9 10although numbers of this introduced species are now being reduced 7.

The pig-nosed turtle Carettochelys insculptaalso known as the pitted-shelled turtle or Fly River turtleis a species of turtle native to northern Australia and southern New Guinea. A review of the fossil turtles of Australia. Chelonian Research Foundation, Massachusetts.

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Carettochelys insculptaPig-nosed Turtle Dr. In Marchmore than 10, turtles retrieved from smugglers were also released into the Otakwa River in Lorentz National Park. Accessed December insculpra, at http: Pig-nosed turtles have large bodies and a nose similar to that of a pig, giving them their common name.


In the wild, pig-nosed turtles appear to be a social species, although they are widely considered to be highly aggressive towards conspecifics and other turtles in captivity. Amy Balanoff Image processing: Little is known about the mating habits of pig-nosed turtles, but given the evidence for multiple paternity and observed polygyny in several turtle species, it seems likely that this species is similarly promiscuous. Their eggs are highly prized and are sold in markets.

A New Subspecies of Carettochelys Reptilia: Diversity of Australasian freshwater turtles, with an annotated synonymy and keys to species. Lindsey Paretti – Blood Island. Fossils from both groups are common in the Eocene of Asia, Europe, and North America, but only the Carettochelyinae which includes the living C.

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Images and information about Carettochelys at Carettochelys. On a new genus and species of fresh water tortoise from the Fly River, New Guinea. Incubation lasts from around 64 to days 7 8 15but, unusually, the fully developed embryos often delay hatching, entering a period of arrested development until stimulated to hatch by rain or flooding, which usually signals the start of the wet season 4 7 They do not reach sexual maturity until around 16 years of age, and females lay their eggs in shallow holes close to the water.

Journal of Zoology 1B: This relict species is threatened by increased demand for individuals and eggs, for both food and the international pet trade.

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Females prefer sandy flat rock microhabitats whereas males prefer isolated log microhabitats. Wikispecies has information related to Carettochelys insculpta. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. Pig-nosed turtle Darettochelys status. Nests, eggs, and embryonic development of Carettochelys insculpta chelonia: The Reptiles of the Indo-Australian Archipelago.


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Chelonia from Papua New Guinea. British Museum, London, pp. Little is known of pig-nosed turtle ecology. Pig-nosed turtles have become available through the exotic pet trade, with a few instances of captive breeding. Hatching may be triggered when the eggs have been flooded with water or by a sudden drop in air pressure signaling an approaching storm. Skeletal characters that diagnose carettochelyids and trionychids as a monophyletic group include fusion of the left and right premaxillae, lack of bony suturing between the carapace and plastron, strong suturing of the ribs to the vertebral centra, a relatively long coracoid process, contact between the radius and ulna adjacent to the manus, and three or fewer clawed digits.

These three types of food are easily accessible and are found where they hatch, preventing them from having to leave their hole. The pig-nosed turtle occurs in southern Irian Jaya Indonesiasouthern Papua New Guinea, and the major river systems of the northwestern Northern Territory in Australia 1 7 8 9 Juveniles often have a somewhat translucent underside, through carettocchelys the underlying blood vessels may show, lending it a pinkish colour, and may knsculpta bear small light patches on the carapace 7 9.

As they grow, they turn to small forms of aquatic life such as insect larvae, small shrimp, and snails. Females travel together when they are ready to lay eggs. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, pp.

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