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Pig-nosed turtle

pig-nosed turtle (Carettochelys insculpta)
Daly River, Northern Territory
Photo © Ray Lloyd
Carettochelys insculpta - Ramsay, 1886
Pronunciation  ka-RET-oh-KEE-liss   inn-SKULP-tah
Etymology  Carettochelys: 'tortoise-shell turtle'
insculpta: 'carved'.1
Other names  pitted-shell turtle
Fly River turtle
Carapace length
Species avg: 70 cm
Clutch size
Average: 15
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Known from several rivers in the Northern Territory - the Daly, Victoria and Alligator River systems.
Also in Papua New Guinea.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory


Found in freshwater and estuarine reaches of rivers, and in large waterholes and lagoons that become isolated during the dry season.

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