Systematics[ edit ] C. Some literature claims two subspecies , but a recent paper rejects this. The feet are flippers , resembling those of marine turtles. The nose looks like that of a pig , having the nostrils at the end of a fleshy snout, hence the common name. The carapace is typically grey or olive , with a leathery texture, while the plastron is cream -coloured. Males can be distinguished from females by their longer and narrower tails.

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No special status Other Comments This species has multiple alternative common names, including the Fly River turtle, warradja, pitted shell turtle and Yirrin. Georges, et al. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends.

Synapomorphy of the Bilateria. Iteroparous animals must, by definition, survive over multiple seasons or periodic condition changes. Blair, D. Paradeuterobaris novaguineae n. Crim, J. Spotila, J. Spotila, M. Reina, C. Williams, F. The leatherback turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, exhibits both polyandry and polygyny. Molecular Ecology, Doody, J. Pauza, B.

Stewart, C. Nesting behavior of the pig-nosed turtle, Carettochelys insculpta, in Australia. Georges, J. Jeanne E. Twice every second year: Reproduction in the pig-nosed turtle, Carettochelys insculpta, in the wet—dry tropics of Australia.

Sims, A. Gregarious behavior of nesting turtles Carettochelys insculpta does not reduce nest predation risk. Georges, M. West, A. Beach selection in nesting pig-nosed turtles, Carettochelus insculpta. Young, A.

Sex differences in activity and movements in the pig-nosed turtle, Carettochelys insculpta, in the wet-dry tropics of Australia. Eisemberg, C. Rose, B. Yaru, A. Demonstrating decline of an iconic species under sustained indigenous harvest — The pig-nosed turtle Carettochelys insculpta in Papua New Guinea. Georges, A. Beggs, J. Young, J. Modelling development of reptile embryos under fluctuating temperature regimes. The Australian Pig-Nosed Turtle. Canberra, Australia: Robey.

Groombridge, B. Rooij, N. Archive E. The Reptiles of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. BiblioBazaar: Brill Archive. Snyder, S. Neosychnocotyle maggiae, n. Platyhelminthes: aspidogastrea from freshwater turtles in Northern Australia. Tkach, V. Doodytrema carettochelydis n. Webb, G. Choquenot, P.

Nests, eggs, and embryonic development of Carettochelys insculpta chelonia: Carettochelidae from Northern Australia. Zug, G. Vitt, J. A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits.


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That is more than 70 million years before the extinction of the dinosaurs! This unique freshwater turtle has many unusual morphological, ecological and behavioural characteristics. Unlike other freshwater turtles, the pig-nosed turtle has flippers, resembling those of a sea turtle more than a freshwater species. The pig-nosed turtle is a relict both evolutionarily and geographically, with its current distribution reflecting a previous era when Australia was connected to New Guinea. This relict species is threatened by increased demand for individuals and eggs, for both food and the international pet trade.


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Introduction It is possible to keep Carettochelys insculpta in captivity if certain species requirements are met. Here is some basic information and tips, which should provide you with guidelines concerning the captive husbandry of this peculiar species. Be aware, the information below is mainly based on my personal experience and may vary from other sources to some extend. Tank Because the species is an excellent swimmer, a spacious tank is a must. The size of the tank should allow your specimens to move around freely and, at the same time, to be able to hide if needed. When this species gets frightened, it shoots ahead like a rocket 1 and might hit its head against the wall of the tank.


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