Species Details


Peacock Soft-shelled Turtle Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Nilssonia hurum
Family : Trionychidae
Order : Testudines
Class : Reptilia
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Indian Peacock Soft shell Turtle, Brown Soft shell Turtle
Habitat : Freshwater turtle
Description : The Peacock softshell turtle has a soft, leathery, greenish-brown shell with dark spots, resembling the pattern of peacock feathers. The shell is flat, elongated and can grow up to 60 cm (24 inches) in length. The turtle's head is large and broad, with a pointed snout and a prominent beak-like structure.

Adult Peacock softshell turtles can grow up to 60 cm (24 inches) in length and weigh up to 45 kg (100 pounds), although most individuals are smaller than this.

The Peacock softshell turtle is found in the rivers, ponds, and lakes of Southeast Asia, particularly in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. They prefer slow-moving or stagnant water bodies with muddy or sandy bottoms and plenty of aquatic vegetation.

The Peacock softshell turtle is omnivorous and feeds on a variety of aquatic plants, fish, crustaceans, and other invertebrates.

The Peacock softshell turtle is generally solitary and spends much of its time basking in the sun on sandbars or submerged logs. They are strong swimmers and can remain underwater for long periods.

The Peacock softshell turtle is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to habitat loss, overfishing, pollution, and poaching for its meat and eggs.

Conservation efforts are underway to protect the Peacock softshell turtle, including captive breeding programs, habitat restoration, and awareness campaigns aimed at reducing demand for turtle products.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by: Durjoy Raha Antu,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka; information source:iucn-tftsg.org; photo credit:milan(www.inaturalist.org/people/milan), photo copyright: iNaturalist. more information please contact with us.