The Black Spotted Turtle (Geoclemys hamiltonii) is a freshwater chelonian, and a reptile. It is also called the Black Pond Turtle or the Indian Spotted Turtle.
The Black Spotted Turtle is mainly black with small yellowish spots and streaks. Its upper shell, called a carapace, is domed. Its lower shell, called a plastron, is dark-coloured with creamy-yellow spots. It has a large head, with a short nose. It has webbed feet with claws. It has a very short tail.
It measures 10-15 centimetres (4-6 inches) in length.
The Black Spotted Turtle is native to South Asia, in countries such as Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. It prefers freshwater lakes, rivers, and ponds.
It eats snails, crabs, shrimps, and insects, such as beetles.
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