Species Details


Sylhet Roofed Turtle Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Pangshura sylhetensis
Family : Geoemydidae
Order : Testudines
Class : Reptilia
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Assam Roofed Turtle, Khasi Hills Terrapin, Assam Sawback
Habitat : Fast-flowing streams, small rivers
Description : Adult Brown Roofed Turtles can reach up to 30 cm (12 inches) in length and weigh up to 2 kg (4.4 lbs).

Appearance: They have a distinctive appearance, with a large, brown, dome-shaped shell (carapace) that is heavily ridged. Their underside (plastron) is yellowish with black markings. Their heads are large, flattened and triangular with a beak-like mouth.

Brown Roofed Turtles are found in freshwater habitats such as rivers, ponds, and lakes in their native range. They prefer slow-moving or still waters with plenty of vegetation.

These turtles are omnivorous, feeding on a variety of plants and animals, including insects, crustaceans, mollusks, and small fish.

Brown Roofed Turtles are generally shy and secretive, spending much of their time hiding under vegetation or debris. They are good swimmers and are known to be active both during the day and at night.

he Brown Roofed Turtle is listed as "Endangered" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), primarily due to habitat loss, pollution, and overexploitation for food and the pet trade. They are also threatened by the collection of eggs and the destruction of nesting sites.
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; photo credit:wikimedia, photo copyright:wikimedia. more information please contact with us.