This section gives you details about the various species of Turtles and Tortoise spotted in the region.
English Name : Indian Black Turtle Scientific Name : Melanochelys trijuga Family :Bataguridae Tamil Name : Sethu Aamai Description: Indian black turtle or Indian pond terrapin is a species of turtle found in South Asia. It is a medium sized fresh water turtle despite its name the color of its upper shell or […]
English Name: Indian Flap Shell Turtle Scientific Name: Lissemys puntata Family : Trionychidae Tamil Name : Paal aamai Description: The female is larger than the male. Recognized by the presence of skin flaps for hiding the tail and hind leg. The front and back part of the shell can completely hide the retracted head and […]
English Name:Olive ridley sea turtle Scientific Name :Lepidochelys olivacea Family : Chelonia Tamil Name : Kadal Aamai Description: The adults are olive brown above and yellowish below. There are two shells covering the body. The shell on top is called the carapace while that is below is called plastron. Carapace has scutes that help in […]
English Name : Indian star tortoise Scientific Name: Geochelone elegans Family: Testudinidae Tamil Name: kal aamai Description: The doomed carapace has conspicuous humps. Each hump has a yellow areola. and radiating yellow streaks. Shell elongate, markedly convex with the back and front margins slightly turned up. The color pattern is distinctive. The head and limbs […]