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Indian Roofed turtle

"Indian Roofed Turtle"; saturated and used with permission under CC BY-SA 3.0

The Indian Roofed turtle (Pangshura tectahas) gets its name because of the peculiar shape of its shell (carapace). The Indian Roofed turtle is a part of the Asian river turtle family, Geoemydidae. It is most commonly found in Southeast Asia (India, Bangladesh). It is locally known as the Kori Kaitta.

Indian Roofed turtles often have green shells, red or orange plastrons (underbelly that connects to shell), and black and yellow-striped heads.

Larger Indian Roofed turtles measure up to 25 cm! Males are smaller than females. Interestingly, males have a white band on their tails - as well, their tails are longer and thicker - and females have a yellow band on the tip of their tails.