Black Pond Marsh Turtle (Siebenrockiella Crassicollis)

Conservation status

IUCN: Red List: Vulnerable

Key Descriptions

Endemic to Southeast Asia, the Black Marsh Turtle is petite in size when compared to their larger relatives and distinguished by their largely black appearance which envelopes its shell & skin. Alternatively known as the “Smiling Terrapin” due to the nature of its facial structure, this turtle is carnivorous & spends its time foraging in the shallow streams where it hunts.


These largely aquatic turtles are native to freshwater habitats throughout Southeast Asia including Burma, Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore. They can be found in slow moving or stagnant bodies of water where they typically feast on available wildlife including fish, frogs, snails, worms & carrion.

Social Life

Black marsh turtles are primarily solitary nocturnal creatures that shy away from the first signs of danger. Timid & weary, they are able to secrete a foul smelling musk from their cloaca which wards off potential predators in their environment. Most of the food is caught and ingested also underwater, although at night it can venture into land to feed or mate.

Fun Facts


Fish & Carrion

Key Information

Origin:Southeast Asia
Size:Up to 20cm
Weight:Up to 2kg
Lifespan:Up to 20years

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