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Asiatic Softshell Turtle

Asiatic softshell turtle is a species of turtle found in Asia. The species can become aggressive if necessary, and is quite solitary except during the breeding season.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Family Trionychidae
    Genus Amyda
    Scientific Name Amyda cartilaginea

    Other Names Black-rayed softshell turtle
    Size 70 to 80 cm (27.6 to 31.5 in)
    Weight 15 kg (33 lbs) to 25 kg (55 lbs)
    Color Soft olive to green-brown; underside of the shell is white in males and gray in females
    Distribution Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, northeastern India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand
    Habitat Marshes, swamps, muddy rivers at lower elevations, lakes, ponds, canals, lowland streams
    Diet Crabs, fish, worms, insects, eggs, amphibians, crustaceans, berries, nuts, plant seeds
    Predators Eggs fall prey to monitor lizards, birds like crows and eagles, snakes, wild pigs while adults are preyed upon by otter and tiger
    Breeding Season  April to early October
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 1 to 30 eggs
    Incubation Period 4 to 5 months
    Reproductive Age Males: 4 to 5 years of age
    Females: 8 to 10 years of age
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on April 26th 2017 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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