River Terrapin (Tutong)

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Scientific Name Batagur baska

Description

This freshwater turtle can grow to have a shell length of 2 feet! They have easily recognizeable upturned nostrils, and white eyes. Although they are typically olive brown in shell color, the males undergo a remarkable change in the breeding season, sporting black heads, crimson arms and legs, yellow eyes, and an orange ring around the upper portion of their shells!

Fun Facts

  • Tutong are omnivores, feeding on a range of foods, from river plants to clams buried in the mud.
  • During the breeding season, females are known to migrate upriver in search of the ideal nesting site; often, the place where they themselves were born. This sometimes means journeys of 50 or 60 miles!

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