How to Draw a Pig-Nosed Turtle

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Pig Nosed Turtle in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represents how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Pig Nosed Turtle.

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How to Draw a Pig Nosed Turtle - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Start by drawing the outline of the head

Step 2: Draw the eye, nose, and mouth. Make the nose by drawing a small square at the tip of the head. Draw a circle with a line in it to make the eye and a small line beneath it to make the mouth

Step 3: Draw the body of the turtle. Make one line that comes from the top part of the head and one from the bottom. The line on top curves under at the back and continues underneath. The line from the bottom of the head goes to the back of the turtle and stops

Step 4: Draw the pattern of the shell. Follow the image exactly. Make a seashell pattern in the center and then draw some curved lines through the middle and underneath it

Step 5: Draw the front legs going upward above the head. Make squiggly lines at the end of the legs to show feet

Step 6: Draw the back legs and the webbed feet

Interesting Facts about Pig-Nosed Turtles

Like the name says, Pig-Nosed Turtles have a nose that looks like a pig’s. They use it breath air when they don’t want to leave the water. The only time a Pig-Nose Turtle leaves the water is to mate. Pig-Nosed Turtles are green to gray colored. Their skin is rough and leathery; their shells are covered with this skin too. They are great swimmers. They are very protective of their space and have a really hard time living with other turtles. Pig-Nosed Turtles like plants like algae, flowers, leaves, insects, and worms. They live in Indonesia, New Guinea, and Northern Australia.

Did you know?

  • When a Pig-Nosed Turtle is old enough to mate, their shells are about 30 centimeters long.
  • The Pig-Nosed Turtle is considered endangered in its natural habitat. Between the years of 1981 and 2011 the turtles’ population dropped 50%.
  • Pig-Nosed Turtles like the water to be 79 F to 86 F.
  • A very popular pet. Probably because of the funny nose.
  • The home countries of this turtle have made laws to protect it.

Activity: Paint some plastic bathroom cups gray. Punch to holes in the bottom of the cup. Punch two more holes; one on each side of the top of the cup. Tie a piece yard to side of the cup. When your students arrive have them tie the cup over their noses. Once everybody has their nose on, your little Pig-Nosed Turtles are ready for the lesson.

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