The Indian roofed turtle — Pangshura tecta — is a species of the Pangshura family of turtle found in the major rivers of the South.

This is a quiet-water turtle, occurring in quiet streams, canals, oxbows, ponds and man-made water tanks. It also occurs in brackish coastal waters. A soft bottom and abundant aquatic vegetation are preferred conditions. It loves basking in the early morning sun. Basking helps the turtle to maintain its body temperature as well as for the synthesis of Vitamin D. In this photo, a young Indian roofed turtle crawls on the fingers of a custom officer during a news conference on wildlife seized in Bangkok, Thailand. — AP

Updated Aug 18, 2012 02:52am

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