Genus members casually carry a roof on their backs

The “roof” at the very top of the shell sets this genus apart from other turtles. It is a popular pet in the Indian Subcontinent and may be found in many of the principal rivers of South Asia. This turtle has a brown shell with a yellow or orange lateral stripe and a reddish-orange median stripe.

The males are more vividly colored and have longer, thicker tails than the females; the males’ vent extends beyond the carapacial rim. Compared to males, females are bigger and have shorter tails, with the vent located beneath the carapace.
Turtles can eat just about everything and are also excellent scavengers. They consume plant matter, such as water hyacinths and weeds, and animal matter, such as crabs and snails, for sustenance.