About This Animal
SIZE: 21.65 in (55 cm)
RANGE: Southern Papua New Guinea and extreme northeastern Australia
HABITAT: Rivers, lakes, streams and lagoons with soft floors; also found in some brackish water estuaries
DIET: Primarily herbivorous but will also feed on some animal matter
ON EXHIBIT: Rivers of the World in River Journey
The pig-nosed turtle (also known as the Fly River turtle) is a living fossil as it is the sole living member of a family of turtles that was once more widespread. Found only in Australia and New Guinea, the pig-nosed turtle has paddles instead of feet on its front legs (like a sea turtle) and a snorkel-shaped snout that gives rise to its common name.
This turtle is classified as threatened due to the overharvesting of its eggs by humans and collection for the pet trade.