Warradjan (Pig-nosed Turtle) by William Manakgu DjawirdaNew

Warradjan (Pig-nosed Turtle)

Warradjan (the pig-nosed turtle, Carettochelys insculpta) lives in fresh water. It doesn’t travel into the salt water, although when it grows big it looks a bit like a baby manbiri (sea turtle). Warradjan eats water weeds and the roots of the water pandanus. Warradjan is an important food for us Bininj people. Just like ngalmangiyi (long-nosed turtle) and ngarderrhwo (snapping turtle). We catch warradjan with hand lines.

Warradjan ngalkka ngalengman kadjalyo kare kore kubowinjku kukku minj kare kore kurrula. Warradjan kare ngalyahwurd kaluk kare kawernhdjordmen yiman manbiri yaw.Warradjan kangun kunbak dja mandjimdjim mandedjmad. Warradjan ngalkuken ngadberre nawu ngad bininj ngarrikukburlerri bu ngarringun. Yiman ngalmangiyi dja ngarderrhwo warradjan karohrok bu ngarringun bu wakkidj kabirrimang.

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