This freshwater species has a relatively small range. Their usual habitat consists of semi-permanent shallow inland lakes and marshes. They also live in nearby rice fields. They can also be found hidden behind boulders and dense foliage during the dry seasons. They do not prefer to burrow in the mangrove habitat or to remain dormant.
Currently, this exotic species faces danger in its population. The human-induced fire around the lake edges kills these turtles and exposes them to predators. The species also continue to be targeted for the pet trade following drastic population declines and continue to demand a high price.
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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