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© written by Tasha Guenther

Pig Nosed turtle swimming

"Pig-Nosed Turtle"; used with permission under CC BY 2.0

It's easy to understand where the Pig-Nosed turtle (Carettochelys insculpta) got its name from... its nose looks like a pig snout! Though this turtle is not a sea turtle, it swims just as gracefully as one! It swims in fresh water, not sea water, but it has fin-shaped limbs just like turtles who live in the sea. The Pig-nosed turtle is the only living turtle species in the family, Carettochelyidae.

The Pig-nosed turtle's shell (carapace) is usually a dark green colour, and its plastron (underside) is a cream to light yellow colour.

As studied, this turtle is extremely territorial - this means that it is very aware of who and what is coming close to it. In captivity, the Pig-nosed turtle is usually quite aggressive and is not often kept as a pet.

Interestingly, the female Pig-nosed turtles lay 2 groups of eggs (clutches) every other year! The highest recorded amount of eggs in one of these clutches is 39.