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Pig-nosed turtle
Carettochelys - Ramsay, 1886

Pronunciation: ka-RET-oh-KEE-liss
Etymology: 'tortoise-shell turtle'

Taxonomic notes:

Statistics: Reproductive modes:
Oviparous - 1 out of 1 Australian species

Size range:
Smallest Australian species: pig-nosed turtle (Carettochelys insculpta) at 70 cm
 Longest Australian species: pig-nosed turtle (Carettochelys insculpta) at up to 70 cm
Number of Australian species: 1

pig-nosed turtle (Carettochelys insculpta)
Daly River, Northern Territory
Photo © Ray Lloyd
pig-nosed turtle (Carettochelys insculpta) distribution range map Carettochelys insculpta
Pig-nosed turtle
Year described
Ramsay 1886
Rich grey, olive-grey or grey-brown above, white, cream or yellowish below. Pale streak behind the eye. Heavy-bodied turtle with bony sutures of carapace indicated by grooves in the skin covering them. Plastron small. Fleshy proboscis, pitted shell and two clawed flippers distinguish this species from all other Australian freshwater turtles.

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