Latest Pig-nosed Turtle Stories
A recent flight set to travel from Papua New Guinea to Jakarta by way of Makassar, South Sulawesi had some surprising passengers. According to officials at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, this flight contained 687 baby pig-nosed turtles which were reportedly set to be smuggled into Hong Kong.
Researchers have discovered the population of pig-nosed turtles has declined over the past 30 years.
The Australasian Pig-nose Turtle, Carettochelys insculpta, is a species of soft-shelled turtle native to freshwater streams, lagoons and rivers of the Northern Territory of Australia and southern New Guinea. This species is unlike any other species of freshwater turtle in the world. The shell is typically gray in color, with a leathery texture, while the front plate is cream colored. Their feet are actually flippers, resembling those of marine turtles. Its nose looks like that of a pig....