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Malayan softshell turtle

23 May 2016 06:08 - 23 May 2016 06:08 #3766 by Paul T
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One from the KM 18 trail - had a hide session by the stream but drew a blank until this Malayan softshell turtle (Dogania subplana) [kindly ID'ed by Herp Guide Parinya on Facebook] decided to pop out of the water for a short while. They must have good eye sight because he/she locked onto to me straight away and was off.


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23 May 2016 16:49 #3770 by onflipflops
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Great shot!
Many turtle species have good eyesight. Sometimes when hiking along rivers they drop themselves into the water even if I am 50+m away and not even clearly visible.
I have seen this species a couple of times right at the river crossings in kk, in some cases if I had not seen it I might had run over it. Sometimes when this species senses danger it digs itself into the sand under water and becomes virtually invisible.

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28 May 2016 16:46 #3783 by Geoff Potter
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Great picture!

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29 Jul 2016 17:30 #3921 by Robby L
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In the Monument of Bang Rachan Heros close to Singburi there is quite a population of turtles including Asiatic Softshell in the moat surrounding the monument and in lakes, Three photos from there :

I also have photos of 3 other species of turtle from the same place :

Black Turtle

Red Eared Turtle

Yellow-headed Temple Turtle, They are said to grow to about 750mm this one was in a buffalo wallow and the carapace would have been close to a meter long so it would be a full adult.

The 2 smaller ones would likely have been released from captivity.

RIP 2018 - Robby will always be remembered for his sharing of his trips and knowledge. Missed by all.

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