Tuntung Sungai in Malay
Reaching a carapace length of at least 60 cm and has only 4 claws on the forefeet. The size of the
female is somewhat larger than the male.
Size & Weight
Omnivorous feeders but vegetable food predominates. Molluscs, crustaceans and fish are also consumed.
Habitat & Range
Lives in the brackish water of estuaries and areas under tidal influence. Found only in South and Southeast
Asia. Rivers in Malaysia: Setiu, Dungun, Trengganu, Perak and Kedah.
Around November, an average of 24 eggs are laid each time, up 3 times per season.
Human consumption and habitat destruction are major threats. Extinction in next 10 years if no