Pelodiscus sinensis (Weigmann, 1835)
|Chinese name||鱉, 水魚, 甲魚|
|Carapace length||About 33 cm|
Body covered by tough leathery skin rather than a shell.
Plastron greyish white.
Head may have lines extending backward behind eyes.
Nostril flexible and pig-like. Neck very long.
Limbs fully-webbed. Each limb has only 3 claws.
Ponds, reservoirs and slow-flowing lowland rivers.
|Behaviour||Nocturnal. Breathes air by sticking the nostril out of the water surface.
Sometimes basks on mud bank or debris on water.
Extrememly vicious in temperament, will snap when handled.
|Diet||Fish, frog, insect larvae and carrion.|
|Reproduction||Female turtle buries eggs in mud bank of pond or river.
Clutch size depends on body size. Around 4-6 in the first time.
Larger turtle over 500g lay about 24-30 eggs a time; Maximum up to 40 a time.
Lays eggs 3-4 times in a breeding season.
Rare and localized species in Hong Kong.
IUCN Redlist: VU (Vulnerable)