This is the most common aquatic turtle of India. Found in ponds and lakes across the sub continent.
I found this turtle at my neighbor’s backyard. In fact my neighbor saw this fellow lying in his drainage and bolted with fear.
When informed of the turtle’s presence I went and checked it for any external injury and finding none, rescued it from the drainage. To ensure that I was doing the correct thing, I referred the turtle to Dr.Gowri Mallapur of the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and acting on her advice, later released the fellow at a closeby water body.
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