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2006-01-22-11-44-00

Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

The Pig-nosed Turtle (Carettochelys insculpta) is a very large freshwater turtle, with a shell length of 60-70 centimetres. It is grey to greyish brown in colour on the upper surface, and white to yellow in colour on the lower surface. It has broad paddle-like flippers, each with two claws. Its shell is covered by a soft-pitted skin, instead of the hard scutes that cover the shells of most turtles. The Pig-nosed Turtle gets its common name from the placement of its nostrils at the end of a prominent fleshy, trunk-like snout.
The Pig-nosed Turtle inhabits freshwater river systems and prefers large, still bodies of water and sandy riverbeds. The Pig-nosed Turtle is largely restricted to an aquatic habitat, as it lacks a hard, protective shell and has paddle-like flippers that are not suited to traversing land. Males never wholly leave the water and females only leave the water to nest on the riverbanks.
Image taken in captivity at the Sydney Aquarium at Darling Harbour in New South Wales, Australia.

· Date: Fri June 9, 2006 · Reference ID: 544/22006-01-22-11-44-00 · Views: 3922 ·
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