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Red-crowned roofed turtle

(Batagur kachuga)

Description

The red-crowned roofed turtle (Batagur kachuga) is a species of freshwater turtle endemic to South Asia.It was the type species of its former genus Kachuga.Females can grow to a shell length of 56 cm (22 in) and weigh 25 kilograms (55 lb),but males are considerably smaller.The turtles like to bask in the sun on land.In the breeding season,the heads and necks of male turtles exhibit bright red,yellow and blue coloring.The females excavate nests in which they lay clutches of up to thirty eggs.

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:
Class: Reptilia
Order:Testudines
Family:Geoemydidae
Genus:Batagur
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