Asian Soft Shell Turtle (Amyda Cartilaginea)

Conservation status

IUCN: Red List: Vulnerable

Key Descriptions

Asian Soft – Shell Turtles are a large species of freshwater turtles native to Southeast Asia which inhabit lowland streams deep within forested areas. They have a leathery carapace which is flat & round with a coloration which mimics that of a soft olive green that blends in with the muddy streams in which they inhabit.

Habitat

These turtles are native to freshwater habitats throughout Southeast Asia including Brunei, Cambodia, India, Laos, Malaysia & Singapore. They commonly will indulge in aquatic vegetation available in their low lying habitats but will not shy away from endemic wildlife including fish & snails which share their environment.

Social Life

Asian Soft-Shelled Turtles are rather solitary creatures who tend to stay underwater for long periods by digging into surroundings with their sharp claws and breathing through their skin. This allows them to stay dormant for extended periods of time while stalking unsuspecting prey in their vicinity or protecting themselves from predators.

Fun Facts

Diet

Plants, Fish & other small aquatic animals

Key Information

Origin:Southeast Asia
Size:70-80cm
Weight:Up to 24kg
Lifespan:30-50 years

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