Some of the largest freshwater turtles in the world
Batagur is a genus of endangered species of turtles from South and South-East Asia. These turtles are usually medium to large.
These giant freshwater turtles usually spend most of their time in the water and only come on land to lay eggs.
They eat various things, including plants and animals, in and around the water. It is still illegally transported from Indonesia and marketed in considerable numbers in China, and enormous quantities are brought into the fish markets of Calcutta from throughout India. Pollution and the destruction of nesting beaches also harm the species’ survival.