Our animals

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Northern lakes and seas

The ocean

Tropical rivers and lakes

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Dwarf mormyrid

Electric eel

Cave tetra

Neon tetra

Arowana

Philippines crocodile

Arapaima

Piranha

Stream aquarium

Under the riverbank

River cichlids

The plants in the river

Angelfish

Armored predators

Discusfish

Poison Frog

African river

Archerfish

Endangered species

Lake Tanganyika

Lake Malawi

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Pinstripe damba

Pinstripe damba

Pig-nosed turtle

Pig-nosed turtle

Nyereres cichlid

Nyereres cichlid

Blue victoria mouthbrooder

Blue victoria mouthbrooder

Barred bichir

Barred bichir

Saddled bichir

Saddled bichir

Ornate bichir

Ornate bichir

West African lungfish

West African lungfish

Dolphin mormyrid

Dolphin mormyrid

Black spotted catfish

Black spotted catfish

Moustache catfish

Moustache catfish

Thick-lipped Viktoria mouthbrooder

Thick-lipped Viktoria mouthbrooder

Pig-nosed turtle

Pig-nosed turtle

Facts

LatinCarettochelys insculpta
Size70 cm
FoodInsects, flowers and fruits
HabitatRivers, creeks and lakes
IUCN

Vulnerable

Vulnerable. Fishery for the international aquarium trade is the main threat.

LocationSouthern New Guinea and northeastern Australia
Map

A pig’s snout

The nose of the river turtle looks like a pig’s snout. When it needs to breathe, it sticks its nose up over the surface of the water. Its nose acts as a snorkel as it swims. The river turtle also uses its nose to find prey.

Resembles a sea turtle

The river turtle looks like a sea turtle when it swims with its flippers. But they are not closely related. They have simply adapted to living in water.

White marks

The pig-nosed turtles have no problem biting each other, especially when in an amorous mood. This can leave white marks on their carapace. But the turtles heal again without any kind of treatment. This is also normal in nature.

Lays eggs in the sand

Deep inside this aquarium there is a wooden canoe filled with sand. The turtles can crawl up into it and lay their eggs. We hope our turtle will soon decide to lay eggs in there.