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Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle

The Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle is the largest species of freshwater turtles, with a conspicuously large size and a face resembling a frog. Found in the Indian subcontinent and other neighboring countries, these amphibians are highly endangered and are quickly disappearing from many regions of its habitat.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Sauropsida
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Trionychidae
    Genus Pelochelys
    Species P. cantorii
    Scientific Name Pelochelys cantorii

    Other Names Asian giant softshell turtle, frog-faced softshell turtle
    Length Up to 6 feet (1.8 m)
    Coloration Dull brownish gray
    Distribution Eastern and southern India, Laos, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Cambodia
    Habitat In rivers and streams carrying slow-moving freshwater
    Diet Mostly carnivorous, consuming crustaceans, mollusks, and fish, but also some aquatic plants, occasionally
    Clutch Size 20–28 eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    IUCN Conservation Status Endangered

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    Published on April 1st 2017 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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