Geoclemys – Black pond turtle

Native to the Indian subcontinent and named for the dark hue of their shell

These turtles have a black shell that usually fades with age and has yellow or off-white patterns. They are semi-aquatic and are typically found in Pakistan, northern India, Bangladesh, and Nepal’s shallow, still waters. They eat a range of plants and insects and are primarily carnivorous.

Due to their mesmerizing looks, these turtles are often affected by illegal trading, which has affected their numbers negatively over the years. There is also a huge demand for their meat, making matters even worse. Further threats include habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, and water pollution.