Published on: December 22, 2021
ALBINO INDIAN FLAPSHELL TURTLE
Albino Indian Flapshell turtle was recently spotted in Sirnapalli forest in Telangana
- Freshwater turtles
- Widespread across South Asian countries like Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh
- Golden in colour – congenital disorder and it is characterized by complete or partial absence of tyrosine pigment
- “Flap-shelled” – presence of femoral flaps located on the plastron.
- Flaps of skin cover the limbs when they retract into the shell.
- Relatively small soft-shell turtle
- Scavenger in the river.
- Found in shallow, quiet, often stagnant slow-moving rivers, streams and rice paddies.
- Predominantly carnivores, though the flapshells eat some plant matter (i.e. Omnivore).
- Threats – Poaching for meat and cartilage. Foxes and wild dogs destroy their nests.