Species Details


Painted Roofed Turtle Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Batagur dhongoka
Family : Geoemydidae
Order : Testudines
Class : Reptilia
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Entirely aquatic and restricted in the large river
Description : The Painted Roofed Turtle has a distinctive appearance, with a large, flattened head and a smooth, oval-shaped carapace that is brown or black in color. The plastron (underside of the shell) is yellowish-brown and has a distinctive pattern of dark markings.

This turtle can grow up to 60-70 centimeters (23-28 inches) in length and weigh up to 25 kilograms (55 pounds).

This Turtle is found in freshwater rivers, lakes, and ponds in Myanmar (Burma) and possibly in adjacent parts of Bangladesh and India.

This species is primarily herbivorous, feeding on aquatic vegetation and fruits. They are known to bask on logs and rocks during the day and are active during the early morning and late afternoon.

This Turtle is critically endangered due to habitat loss, hunting, and the illegal pet trade. It is one of the rarest turtles in the world, and there are estimated to be fewer than 50 individuals remaining in the wild.

Efforts are being made to conserve this species, including captive breeding programs, habitat restoration, and protection from hunting and trade. It is also listed under Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which regulates international trade in threatened species.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by: Durjoy Raha Antu,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka; information source:Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol. 25. Amphibians and Reptiles. Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka; photo credit: Jordan Gray (turtlesurvival.org). photo copyright: iNaturalist. more information please contact with us.