Also known as Red river turtles, they are not only the rarest but also the largest species of turtles that inhabit freshwater on earth. The Yangtze giant softshell turtle can weigh as much as 200 kilograms (440 pounds). The natural habitat for these turtles is wetlands and large lakes in China and Vietnam.
Their diet consists of fish, crabs, snails, water hyacinths, frogs, and green rice leaves. The last known female of Yangtze giant softshell turtles died in 2009, and as of now, only three male turtles are still alive. Researchers are trying to find new specimens in China and Vietnam, but their future looks uncertain!
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No