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Painted Terrapin

Painted terrapin is a species of turtle occurring in Southeast Asia. It is found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. The species is mainly solitary except during mating, basking and feeding. The turtle can migrate up to 3 km. Females are larger than males.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Geoemydidae
    Genus Batagur
    Scientific Name Batagur borneoensis


    Other Names Painted batagur, saw-jawed turtle
    Size 50 to 70 cm
    Weight Around 1.7 kg
    Color Gray/brown upper shell; male exhibit white head during the breeding season and a red stripe appears between the eyes
    Distribution Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand
    Habitat Mangrove swamps, estuaries of large rivers
    Diet Mangrove fruits, fallen leaves, fruit and vegetation, shoots and greenery from riverside plants; sometimes feed on mollusks and shellfish
    Breeding Season June to August and from October to January/February
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 10 to 25 eggs
    Incubation Period 70 to 90 days
    Reproductive Age 6 to 8 years of age
    IUCN Conservation Status Critically Endangered

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    Published on April 27th 2017 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 19th April 2017.

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