Fly River Turtles
Enter Adventure Aquarium’s Caribbean Currents
exhibit and you’ll find the Aquarium’s ONLY completely aquatic fresh water turtle – the magnificent Fly River Turtle. Also referred to as a “Pig-nosed” turtle, the Fly River Turtle is native to northern Australia and southern New Guinea. Unlike any other species of freshwater turtle, Fly River turtles are well-adapted to aquatic habitats. Their feet are flippers, resembling those of marine turtles and their nose resembles that of a pig, having the nostrils at the end of a fleshy snout, thus earning them their common name.
Fly River turtles are omnivorous, eating a wide variety of plant and animal matter, including the fruit and leaves of figs, as well as crustaceans, mollusks and insects. Its carapace (top shell) is typically grey or olive with a leathery texture, while its plastron (bottom shell) is cream in color. Males can be distinguished from females by their longer and narrower tails. The species experienced a population decline of more than 50 percent over the past thirty years, due primarily to illegal smuggling.
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