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Ganges soft - shelled turtle

Nilssonia gangetica


With its prominent, tube-like snout and incredibly flattened shell, the Ganges soft-shelled turtle is a very peculiar-looking freshwater reptile. It is these odd features that make this turtle so superbly adapted to its riverine habitat, with its long neck and snorkel-like snout allowing it to extend its nose out of the water to breathe, and its compressed shell creating a stream-lined silhouette that makes it a brilliant and fast swimmer.

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Nilda M. Mena
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Nilda M. Mena

Rajasthan, India

Spotted on Jun 29, 2013
Submitted on Sep 29, 2013

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