TSA Turtle Tuesday: Painted Terrapin
The beautiful and critically endangered Painted Terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) is found in several countries in South East Asia where it inhabits large river systems, estuaries and mangrove forests.
This species is sexually dimorphic, meaning there are obvious differences between the males and females. The most notable difference is their color. During the breeding season the male’s head changes from a greyish color with orange on the top to bright white with a black-edged red patch on top!
Females, with their plain brown coloration, may be seen nesting on the same ocean beaches used by marine turtles and both hatchlings and adults can tolerate pure saltwater for short periods of time! T
Photo credit: Andrew Brinker
(via: Turtle Survival Alliance)