FLY RIVER TURTLE JUVENILE CARETTOCHELYS INSCULPTA
Juvenile 6 inch fly river turtle.
We were fortunate to secure delivery of a small amount of these in the winter which all sold pretty much instantly. Due to change of circumstance for a customer we have been asked to manage the sale of their turtle through our website. We do not think these will ever be available again for sale Worldwide due to licensing restrictions, so a unique opportunity to take care of a species is extremely rare at this age and will live for many years. A copy of the CITES will be available on completion of the sale.
The fly river or pig-nosed turtle is the sole surviving member of its entire family, Carettochelyidae, and sits alone on a branch of the tree of life reaching back around 140 million years. That is more than 70 million years before the extinction of the dinosaurs!
This unique freshwater turtle has many unusual morphological, ecological and behavioural characteristics. Unlike any other freshwater turtles, the pig-nosed turtle has flippers, resembling those of a sea turtle more than a freshwater species. This strange and unique turtle has a leathery shell, rather than a shell formed of hard, distinct scutes and has a long, fleshy snout with large nostrils, much like that of a pig, hence the common name of the species.