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.