Amyda Cartilaginea

Asian Soft Shell Turtle

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About Me

Asian Soft – Shell Turtles are a large species of freshwater turtles native to Southeast Asia which inhabit lowland streams deep within forested areas. They have a leathery carapace which is flat & round with a coloration which mimics that of a soft olive green that blends in with the muddy streams in which they inhabit.

What i do when i'm not here

Asian Soft-Shelled Turtles are rather solitary creatures who tend to stay underwater for long periods by digging into surroundings with their sharp claws and breathing through their skin. This allows them to stay dormant for extended periods of time while stalking unsuspecting prey in their vicinity or protecting themselves from predators.


Up to 24kg


Up to 80cm


Lives up to 50 years


Plants, Fish & other small aquatic animals


These turtles are native to freshwater habitats throughout Southeast Asia including Brunei, Cambodia, India, Laos, Malaysia & Singapore. They commonly will indulge in aquatic vegetation available in their low lying habitats but will not shy away from endemic wildlife including fish & snails which share their environment.