They live in the shallow, often stagnant waters of rivers, streams, marshes, ponds, and lakes. Indian flap shell turtles prefer water with mud bottoms because they tend to burrow themselves at the water bottom. Both physically and behaviorally, they are particularly well suited to drought circumstances.
Some individuals have been reported to live without water for as long as 160 days. The flap shell turtle plays a vital role in freshwater ecosystems. They feed on dead animals found on and near the water’s edge. Once many of them were released into the Indian river Ganga so that they feed on the remains of the deceased left in the river.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No