Geoemydidae – Eastern pond turtles
Closely related to Emydidae family, living in the Old World’s swamps and freshwater
The family members live in the ocean coastline saltwater, freshwater areas inland, and terrestrials in forests.
In some species, the males and females look quite different. The largest member species of this family can weigh as much as 50 kg (110 pounds).
The limbs of all these turtles are adapted for swimming, with webbing at the extremities. Unlike many turtle species, which withdraw their heads directly down into their shells, species of this family withdraw their heads sideways into their shells. Several species are known to produce hybrids, which makes their classification somewhat complicated.
Genera in this family
Some of the most popular victims of the pet trade
Some of the largest freshwater turtles in the world
Genus members casually carry a roof on their backs
Swimming on the brink of extinction, used to be in genus Geoemyda
Native to the Indian subcontinent and named for the dark hue of their shell