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Indian Flapshell Turtle

Indian flapshell turtle is a species of freshwater turtle occurring in South Asia. The species derives its name “flapshell” due to the presence of femoral flaps located on the underside of the shell or the plastron. The turtle is omnivorous.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Trionychidae
    Genus Lissemys
    Scientific Name Lissemys punctata

    Size 24 to 37 cm
    Color Brown to olive brown to sometimes gray body color; lower part lighter compared to upper part and sometimes can be cream, white or yellow; some individuals may possess few yellow dots on the surface of the shell
    Distribution Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Burma
    Habitat Shallow, quiet, often stagnant waters of rivers,  marshes, ponds, streams, irrigation canals, tanks, lakes; especially waters with  mud or sand bottoms
    Diet Frogs, fishes, snails, shrimp, aquatic vegetation, plant leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, grasses
    Breeding Season July through November
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 2 to 16 eggs
    Incubation Period 5 to 8 months
    Reproductive Age 2 to 3 years of age
    Average Lifespan 20 to 40 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on April 20th 2017 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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