Animal Stories - Pig-nosed Turtle

Animal-World Information about: Pig-nosed Turtle

   A pair of these Pig-nosed Turtles or "Fly River" Turtles in a large (100 gallons or more) glass aquarium makes a scenic display. Watching them swim through a field of Vallisneria plants is breathtaking!
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swappy - 2014-10-09
I have a pig nosed turtle....she is not getting her back two legs open .....and back two legs seems to be paralysed........pllzz suggest be some tips ...

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-11
    A deficiency of vitamins B12 can cause paralysis of the legs. The suggestions I've found to fix the problem say to give this vitamin to the turtle orally. Also provide a supplementary calcium and trace amounts of copper sulphate. Any pet store that carries reptiles will have vitamin supplements for herptiles.
Skurtle - 2014-07-17
I feed mine rep-cal adult iguana food, he/she is in great shape, 9 years old. Soon will have genetic testing done for sexing. Does anyone have any confirmed male or females?

Deanna - 2013-05-01
Hi I just want to know what pests are relating to the pig-nosed turtle in captive?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-02
    These guys usually do okay if they have a good environment and its kept clean, and they are properly fed. They are shy and so can get stressed, which makes them not come out to eat and then prone to disease. Bacterial diseases like shell rot, shell disease, sores, and white spots are common problems with most turtles. As far as 'pests' there are some parasites that are known to affect the Pig Noseed Turtles in the wild that include three species of flatworms. Two of these are Doodytrema carettochelydis and Paradeuterobaris novaguieae.

    Its good to have some anti-fungal medication on hand, Pimafix is a good general one that has anibacterial and antifungal properties. If they get a parasite in captivity, you have to medicate them very carefully, and would want to take them to a vet for diagnosis. One medication called 'Flagyl' is said to be good to treat pig nose turtles for parasites and bacteria.
Henry Ching - 2013-02-04
Hi, my 5 year old pignose turtle recently developed brownish growths around the back of his neck and around the areas of the plastron. He is kept in a 90 gallon tank with parrot fish and tinfoil barbs in a community setting. Also present are 2 malayan box turtles. No aggression between them are seen. Any comments on what those growths are? And any recommended treatments? Thanks.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-02-06
    Not sure what's up with those growths, your best bet would be to take it to a veterinarian so you know what your are dealing with. In general, sometimes skin problems can show up as small bumps, though often more whitish. A couple of aids to help with that are to add salt to the enclosure, about 2 ounces of sea salt for every 20 gallons. Also making sure the substrate is soft helps to prevent skin problems, such as a play sand and a crushed coral mix. Aragonite can also be used. Good luck!
Christina - 2011-10-20
I love them! I am just dying to own one!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-21
    Go for it....
  • beey - 2012-09-27
    Hi! Are you still looking for one though? :) I could send you pictures! Just e-mail me. Its more than 1 feet so yeah. Please do e-mail me, thanks!
Patrick - 2006-10-09
I havent personally kept one. I really badly wanted one when I first saw it in a petstore in the philippines during 2004. I really thought it was unique!!!

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  • lin - 2011-09-02
    Are you still looking for one. Contact me via email
das - 2008-04-23
I have a PigNose Turtle and I love it so much. It is a very gentle turtle you can even touch its lips since it is a harmless turtle. I even let him walk in my room for 5-10 minutes because it loves to move out of its aquarium. There are some petshops who sells Flywater turtles here in the Philippines, so it not so hard to find one. I've heard that some of the Pignose Turtles can be found in the Hong Kong river.

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  • Gon29point55 - 2010-06-17
    Petshops that sell Flywater Turtles here in the Philippines?! WHERE?! Please tell me! I'd like to adopt one of these as my own.
  • Kayvon - 2012-04-13
    For anyone reading the above comment: Fly River turtles are totally aquatic, they even hatch only when the eggs become submerged. They only come out of the water when females nest, there is no other time. NEVER have them walk around the room.
anne - 2012-03-07
Our turtle (about 7 years old) has developed a problem with his shell, not sure how to treat it. I have pictures if anyone has any knowledge on this issue. Your help will be appreciated!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-07
    describe issue? Send a picture, may be able to help from there.
maikel - 2012-01-27
i also have one, . .but i dont know how to feed this kind of turtle can you help me...i want some advice. , .im from philippines,, i saw it only in our backyard. . plsss....

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  • mike - 2012-01-28
    are you sure that its a pig nosed turtle?
veela - 2012-01-25
The size of an alligator snapping turtle, the sensitivity of a softshell, aggressive and a vegetarian to boot. My advice to potential keepers is: leave this one to zoos and aquariums who are equipped to deal with it's special needs.