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2023-07-18 Snargl 0 minute 0 second

What kind of animal is Batagur?

Batagur is a genus of large turtles that live in South and Southeast Asia.

They are mostly aquatic and prefer freshwater or brackish habitats.

They have strong beaks, webbed feet, and protruding noses.

They are herbivorous and eat waterside plants.

They are very rare and endangered due to habitat loss, hunting, and pollution.

Some species have bright colors on their heads and necks during the breeding season.

They lay eggs on sandy beaches and their hatchlings return to the rivers.

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Where does the Batagur live?

There are six species of Batagur, and all of them are critically endangered due to habitat loss, overexploitation, and pollution.

The species are:
  • Batagur affinis – southern river terrapin

  • Batagur baska – northern river terrapin

  • Batagur borneoensis – painted terrapin

  • Batagur dhongoka – three-striped roofed turtle

  • Batagur kachuga – red-crowned roofed turtle

  • Batagur trivittata – Burmese roofed turtle

Some of these species have distinctive features, such as the breeding coloration of the males, which turns their head and limbs red or orange.

They also have different ranges and preferences for nesting sites.
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