Animal Stories - Pig-nosed Turtle

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   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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Jennifer - 2010-03-18
Hello, I have recently discovered a pig nose turtle in the pond at the park down the street and it has a baby with it! I live in Santa Barbara, Ca.
Is this rare?

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  • ben - 2010-06-03
    To find a pig nose in a pond is rare but make sure you don't mistake it with with a softshell.
  • Ethan - 2011-04-25
    Jenifer, it's a softshell!
Ai Wei Ong - 2009-02-01
I bought four six-cm baby pig-nosed turtles for my son. As for the difference in tail length which is supposed to determine the sex of the turtles, the differnce is so negligible. At six cm how old are these turtles, I wonder. Although it may possibly take 25 years, we hope to breed them.

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  • Kayla - 2010-11-30
    I LIKE TURTLES! I'm 10 =P
kevin - 2010-10-11
I just got a pig nose turtle! Behind my house, I am not sure whether it's a male or a female, it's about 10 cm. Want to know whether is it a full grown one or is it still a baby. And how do I make out the difference between the sex and how do I take care of it?

Tony - 2010-02-26
Pig nose turtles are one of my favourite turtles! They are like a whole bunch of species mixed together to form one exotic turtle. If I have the money, I would definitely buy one. I saw one at a pet store but it had bad water quality, was being fed iceberg lettuce, and had white specks on it's shell. I am angry at that pet store and I'm going to contact the humane society to shut it down, because I don't want to see another creature die or get neglected.

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  • Deven - 2010-04-16
    You go!
  • david - 2010-07-10
    Tony, My name is Dave. I live in Tampa Florida. I wonder if you know the incubation of the pig nose turtle eggs. I have a fresh water lake outside my condo and we have some of these turtles. One morning, May 3, 2010 to be exact, a female was laying her eggs about 10 yards from the water edge. She was dispensing them in a hole she had dug about 6 inches deep. then she covered them up. It's now July 10th and there is no evidence that they have hatched and dug themselves out.

    How long is the incubation and can they get out of that hole they were buried in?
    Thanks. Write me at if you get this.
  • ben - 2010-09-01
    Put the eggs in the water look online for incubation but can only hatch when there's water one of the very unique turtle eggs.
CJ Serrano - 2010-08-29
I need some help/advise. My pig-nose turtle has some whitish growths around his eyes and parts of his carapace. Is this just molting skin or has he acquired some disease? He has also recently just started staying at the bottom of his 50 gallon tank. Prior to these growths, he loved exploring the tank. If it is a disease/sickness, can anyone please help me by giving me some sound advice as to what I should/must do to get him better? I hope I can still do something to improve his well-being as he is a wonderful little guy who even now knows when to beg for food from me whenever I get home from work. He even loves it when I pet him on the head, much to the chagrin of my pet dog who is also addicted to attention. Thank you, in advance to whoever could help me out with my little dilemma.

Adrian - 2009-02-16
I just purchased a baby fly river seems that he doesn't eat anything. I gave him (frozen worms, pellets, grapes) for almost two days. He is always sleeping and burying himself under the sands. What shall I do?

jon - 2008-08-21
Hi, I bought my pig nose turtle as a little baby measuring 5cm. It has outgrown my aquarium and is enjoying my backyard pond with a few mates; a brazillian turtle, a 1m arapaima gigas, a florida gar, and a couple of cat fish. I never thought it could get to its current size, 45cm shell, and is doing well feeding on plant debris, fish, pellets, and plants surrounding the pond. I agree, it is one of the most interesting looking turtles I've seen. Cheers

shemeka - 2007-11-30
The pig- nosed turtle is very soft.

Erik - 2006-11-02
I have recently aquired a 10 inch specimen named Bob by his previous owners. He is doing quite well in a 240 gallon aquarium. Tank mates include two three inch angels and two two inch Boesmani rainbow fish. I've had no problems with Bob harrassing any of his tank far. He did, however, trash the few live plants I had.