Spotted Pond Turtle (Geoclemys Hamiltonii)

Conservation status

IUCN: Red List: Vulnerable

Key Descriptions

The spotted pond turtle is dark, freshwater turtle which is predominantly black in coloration coupled with yellow spotty blemishes which are adorned throughout its head & carapace. This contrasting appearance of black on yellow makes them incredibly beautiful with hatchlings having brighter coloration which dulls as it ages.

Habitat

They are endemic to the Indus & Ganges river drainage systems of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan & Nepal, primarily residing in in slow moving locales of water such as rivers & lakes lush with aquatic vegetation.

Social Life

These turtles are shy & passive reptiles that gravitate to aquatic vegetation for the shelter & safety it provides against predators. While mostly active during dawn & dusk where they will be foraging for snail, fish & plants in their environment, Spotted Pond turtles do bask most primarily on rocks & logs in their environment, alternatively floating on the slow moving waters they inhabit in order to thermo regulate in the heat of the sun.

Fun Facts

Diet

Vegetables, Fish & other small aquatic animals

Key Information

Origin:Bangladesh
Size:Up to 40cm
Weight:Up to 5kg
Lifespan:Up to 4Oyears

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