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WHAT an amazing animal the pig nosed turtle is. With its flipper like feet and large heavy body it looks like a sea turtle but it is only found in the freshwater billabongs and rivers in the Top End of the Northern Territory and New Guinea. It has a long fleshy snout and tube shaped nostrils that it can use as a snorkel while it hides safe from salt water crocodiles under logs and rocks. It will eat just about anything it can find and loves juicy mussels, soft ripe figs and fast swimming bugs. There are not very many Pig Nosed Turtles; in fact this native animal has been identified as being a vulnerable species. Scientists think that there may be only around 3000 of them in the wild, many less than there were 30 years ago, which is a real worry as we dont know a huge amount about this curious looking critter. Some things that are known about Pig Nosed Turtles are that the males rarely, if ever, come out of the water. They are normally smaller than the females and are thought to be adult at around 16 years of age. The females will only emerge from the water onto the river banks to lay up to 19 eggs in the soft warm sand and are adult at about 18 years of age. Scientists also know that Pig Nosed Turtle babies are very clever and are able to wait in hibernation together in nests dug by their mothers until they feel the rainy season is about to begin. They then hatch all at once so there is safety in numbers and they can all work together at digging their way out of the banks of the flooding rivers when there is a lot of water for them to swim in. One other curious thing that we do know about Pig Nosed Turtles is that they are not as territorial as other turtles and tortoises. In the cool dry season months they can often be found in groups around the warmer waters that emerge from springs along northern rivers. Connect to Country - with Ranger Clare Do you want to know more about flora, fauna and parks in the Katherine region?Like Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife on facebook. >> lifestyle & home Sausage and tomato casserole Ingredients: 1 jar 750g Bolognese sauce 12 shallots, peeled and halved 450g low fat sausages 2tbsp vegetable oil 2 tbsp freshly chopped oregano 175g frozen peas 1-2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 3 tbsp dry red wine AS PART of the entertainment for the 2013 Katherine Show we are pleased to have Adrian Harry and his Xtreme Trials Show. Adrian is an accomplished trials rider, his performances have been described as unbelievable and have left crowds in awe of his ability to take a motorcycle to the extreme. There will be three shows each day, and in each performance Adrian Harry will thrill the crowd with his amazing skills on a trials motorcycle as he masters an obstacle course with amazing balance and a level of precision control found in no other sport. This is great family entertainment at its best and with three shows per day there is no excuse for anyone to miss it. The Katherine Show is on July 19 and 20. GGeett rreeaaddyy ffoorr tthhee KKaatthheerriinnee SShhooww JJuullyy 1199 && 2200 > By CLARE PEARCE > By DEAN BUZZA Method: Preheat the oven to 200C. Put the shallots and sausages into an 18cm round oven-proof dish. Cook in the oven for about 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, pour the Bolognese sauce into a pan along with the oregano, peas, Worcestershire Sauce and red wine. Cook for 10 minutes until slightly reduced before adding the peas. Cook for a further 2 to 3 minutes until peas are cooked. Season to taste. Serve the sausage casserole with creamy mashed potato or crusty bread and garnish with freshly chopped flat leaf parsley. With more than 25-years experience helping Northern Territory companies find opportunities in government, private sector and major projects, ICN could uncover an opportunity thats just right for you. Register or update your company profile now at www.icngateway.org.au or call your local consultant on 08 8922 9422. All the right connections for local industry Is your business registered with ICN? www.katherinetimes.com.au KATHERINE TIMES, WEDNESDAY MAY 1, 2013 9