Geoclemys hamiltonii Spotted pond turtle (Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, 2014)

This freshwater turtle is native to India, Bangaldesh, Nepal and Pakistan. It has big yellow spots on its head and neck and its shell has yellow spots and radiating streaks as well. The shell has 3 interrupted keels. 

I first saw this species at an enclosure in the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, Chennai, India and got really fascinated by them. I hope to someday study more about their behaviour and reproductive biology.

More ecological information on turtle species can always work towards conservation. This species is currently Vulnerable on the IUCN redlist as it caught for meat and the illegal pet trade.

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