Meet Our Animals > Fly River Turtle
Quick Facts
Native to Northern Territory of Australia, southern part of the island of New Guinea
Primary Diet Fruits; seeds; leaves; riverside vegetation including mangroves and algae; crustaceans, mollusks, fish, and bats that fall into the water
Adult Weight 35 pounds
Lifespan 30 to 40 years
Status Endangered

Fly River Turtle

Sometimes called the pig-nosed turtle, these reptiles only leave the water to nest. They are a secretive animal, mainly hunting and active nocturnally. Its flipper-like forelimbs make it a powerful swimmer.


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