Three Striped Roofed Turtle


Batagur dhongoka

Common Names:

Three-striped roofed Turtle


Three Striped Roofed Turtle

Kingdom  :   Animalia
Phylum  :    Chordata
Class  :
Order  :
Family  :    Geomydidae
Genus  :    Batagur
Species  :

Conservation Status:

IUCN :   Endangered
   Schedule I
   Appendix II
U.S ESA :   Not listed


The Three-striped roofed turtle ranges throughout northern India, Nepal, and Bangladesh.


Distribution Map of Three Striped Roofed Turtle ( )

Characteristics, Habitat and Behaviour:

Shell length of females can reach up to 48 cm while for males it is only 26 cm. They are found in moderate to large rivers and nest on sand banks. Their peak nesting season is March and April. Males are omnivorous while the diet of females is unknown.

Major Threats:

  • The species is heavily exploited for its flesh.
  • Loss of habitat, due to human interference.


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