5 Interesting Facts About Pig-Nosed Turtles

pig-nosed turtle

Here is a pig-nosed turtle showing off his weird nose

Today I want to write about an animal with a very exotic nose, the pig-nosed turtle.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. This medium sized turtle grows to up to 22 inches long.
  2. Their long pig-like snout is used as a snorkel to breathe when underwater and to sense their prey in muddy water.
  3. Despite being a freshwater turtle, they have flippers like marine turtles.
  4. They spend almost their entire lives in the water, only leaving to lay their eggs.  They lay between 4-40 eggs each time.  Like many other species of turtles, the sex of the babies is influenced by the temperature of the nest.  However, they do have one unusual difference, the eggs don’t hatch until the area of the nest is flooded due to the start of the wet season.
  5. The rare and shy pig-nosed turtles are found in rivers in Irian Jaya, Papua New Guinea and northern Australia.

I hope that you found these facts interesting.

Are there any interesting facts that you would like to share about pig-nosed turtles?

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