by Jordan Gray 

TSA Species Spotlight 

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Photo courtesy of Chris Leone, the Turtle Room

Spotted pond turtle (Geoclemys hamiltonii)

Countries of Origin: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan

IUCN Status: Vulnerable

Estimated surviving population: Unknown/Declining

Habitat: Rivers, ponds, oxbows and flooded forests with high-vegetative cover.

Size: Females and Males ≤ 35 cm

Factoid: Spotted pond turtles are primarily carnivorous, feeding heavily on aquatic snails. Their large, muscular jaws aid them in crushing the calcified structure of the mollusk’s shell.

Greatest Threats: Regarded as one of the most beautiful species of turtles on Earth, this species has seen an escalation in poaching for the illegal black-market pet trade.

How you can help: TSA-India and TSA-Bangladesh are regularly called upon to provide care for spotted pond turtles seized from the illegal black-market trade. The Turtle Survival Center supports a colony of this species comprised of animals seized from illegal trade. To support the TSA in these efforts please donate at www.turtlesurvival.org/donate