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Fly River Turtle AKA Pig-nosed Turtle, Carettochelys insculpta


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 Captivity Fly River Turtles have become available as an exotic pet, sometimes actually being bred in captivity. They tend to grow quite large and have a high price tag. Adults in captivity can be aggressive toward each other.
Breeding Females lay eggs on sandy river banks. Rather than hatching when fully developed, the offspring will hibernate within the egg until the bank is flooded with water (or some other weather condition is suitable for emergence).
Location The Fly River Turtle lives in freshwater streams, lagoons and rivers of Australia and New Guinea.
Physical Characteristics The Fly River Turtle is unlike other freshwater turtles, in that it has flippers similar to those of marine turtles. It also has a nose like a pig, with two nostrils at the end of a snout.
Diet Fly River Turtles feed on a wide variety of plant and animal matter, including figs, crustaceans, molluscs and insects.

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