Malayan snail-eating turtle

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Malayemys subtrijuga is basically a snail eater; larger females also eat freshwater mussels, worms, aquatic insects, crustaceans, and fish as part of its diet. The Malayan snail-eating turtle inhabits a range of freshwater habitats where there is some current and plenty of aquatic vegetation. This includes streams, small lakes, canals, marshes and rice paddies. This turtle may reach 21 cm in carapace length, but most individuals are a bit smaller.

I was surprised to see this little turtle. I did catch him a bit more down stream at a quiet little pool where there was less current. Since this fellow does poorly in captivity maybe that's why he's still can be found at some places in Thailand. Live and let live I would say.

The Malayan snail-eating turtle occurs in northern Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and southern Vietnam; it has possibly been introduced to Sumatra and Java. It's not on IUCN Red List. This turtle does poorly in captivity and should be strictly left in its natural habitat.

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  1. Monique Kooijmans 69 months ago | reply

    Bijzonder om dat in het wild tegen te komen; mooi!

  2. Joel Tjintjelaar 69 months ago | reply

    Dit is prachtig Ben!

  3. Rudi Sellink [deleted] 69 months ago | reply

    Super zo met die vissen op de achtergrond.

  4. KaptainKaveman 69 months ago | reply

    What really amazes me is the glare was removed so the fish are so VISIBLE.

  5. ihughes22 69 months ago | reply

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  6. Jehane* 69 months ago | reply

    Thanks for sharing your high quality photo with us!!

    Thanks for commenting on 3 other photo's!!

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  8. ● SandroG 69 months ago | reply

    Definitely a winner!!!
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  9. Jacques:-) 69 months ago | reply

    Heel mooi, en inderdaad "View in large" mooie scherpte-diepte.

  10. Seapony 69 months ago | reply

    Schildpad wandelend over een tak, zwemmende vissen, mooie compositie, mooie natuurplaat!

  11. Jubaea 66 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Fish from above, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  12. Tobi_2008 65 months ago | reply

    I saw this in the 50+ Faves group and Faved it.

  13. uteart 65 months ago | reply

    nice catch and composition, enjoyed reading the info!

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  14. TurtleTania 59 months ago | reply

    Is this still active? I run a rescue centre in Borneo... .and was just given one. But it isn't eating. I have never had this species before and am not sure what to do to get it to eat. Do you know any about it?

  15. B℮n 59 months ago | reply

    Protein: There are many sources of protein that are safe to feed turtles: small amounts of cooked fish, turkey or chicken are okay; boiled eggs are okay; mealworms, waxworms, earthworms and silkworms are okay; slugs are fine, as are shrimp, snails and crickets. Don't give them raw meat, though because it can contain a lot of fat and could become contaminated by the time the turtle decides to eat it.

    Vegetables: leafy vegetables are best: grape and fig leaves, red clover, carrot tops, dandelions, lettuce (red and green are okay), turnip greens, water lettuce, duckweed, collards, endive and plantain weed are all okay. Regular vegetables like corn, green beans, beets, carrots, okra, green peas and some squash varieties are also okay.

    Flowers: some turtles love flowers! Roses, pansies, petunias, lilies, carnations, hibiscus, hyssop, borage, nasturtium and geraniums are all okay as turtle food.

    Fruit: some turtles also like fruit: kiwi, apple, mango, strawberry, cantaloupe, blackberries, bananas, grapes, tomatoes, blueberries and some citrus fruits are all a fine to feed a turtle.

  16. camillenoir 59 months ago | reply

    TurtleTania, first choice would be live apple snail. Your Malayemys might also respond to nightcrawlers and prawn. No vegetable matters for this species.

    Adapting this one to captivity is a nightmare. Chelonian-wise, they might just be the most difficult species to acclimatize. Most of those specimens I observed are plagued with severe shell rot and endoparasites. Combine that with their refusal to eat, most specimens would succumb to captive stress and perish within days.

    Where in Borneo is your rescue centre?

  17. deshiv10 57 months ago | reply

    I adore reptiles, and this was very attractive photos.
    Which camera do you have?

  18. Vicente Niclós 53 months ago | reply

    Congratulations, is a wander full and good descriptive image of the Malayemys subtrijuga, Please could you give to publish the picture for complete the page description on this page
    Tank you in adavace

  19. I am FIshing Man 51 months ago | reply

    By simply looking at the picture will urge you to grab your fishing equipments and sit beside the turtle as your buddy while staring the group of fishes that seem like playing a hide and seek. Fantastic. Fishing is a fun but silent way to relax your nerves from any stress. This hobby is therapeutic.

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