Species Details


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Scientific Name : Pelochelys cantorii
Family : Trionychidae
Order : Testudines
Class : Reptilia
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle, Frog-faced Softshell Turtle
Habitat : Freshwater turtle
Description : The Asian giant softshell turtle can grow up to 3.5 feet (1.1 meters) in length and can weigh up to 200 pounds (90 kilograms).

The turtle has a flat, round body with a soft, leathery shell that is covered in a thick layer of skin. Its head is broad and flat, with a long snorkel-like nose that allows it to breathe while submerged.

The turtle is native to Southeast Asia and can be found in rivers, lakes, and ponds in countries such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The Asian giant softshell turtle is a carnivorous species that feeds on fish, crustaceans, and mollusks.

The turtle is largely nocturnal and spends most of its time submerged in water. It is known for being shy and elusive, making it difficult to study in the wild.

The Asian giant softshell turtle is classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with only a few hundred individuals remaining in the wild due to habitat loss, poaching, and other threats. Efforts are being made to protect the species through captive breeding programs and habitat restoration.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by: Durjoy Raha Antu,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka; information source:en.wikipedia.org; photo credit:Dementia(www.inaturalist.org/people/Dementia), photo copyright: iNaturalist. more information please contact with us.