pitted shell turtle

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pitted shell turtle

(species Carettochelys insculpta), any member of a single species in the turtle family Carettochelyidae. The species lives in rivers in southern New Guinea and in a limited region in northern Australia. A combination of characteristics separates C. insculpta from other turtles, including a piglike nose, a shell with no scutes, and flipperlike forelimbs. It is a large turtle reaching carapace lengths of 55 cm (22 inches)

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