Why in News:
- Mountaineers in Telangana have encountered a rarely found species of Albino Indian Flapshell Turtles.
What is Albino Indian Flapshell Turtle?
- Indian flapshell turtle (Lissemys punctata) is a freshwater species of turtle found in South Asia.
- Different colour of the turtle may be due to albinism – a genetic disorder that causes a complete lack of pigments in the body, or a congenital disorder that is characterized by a complete or partial absence of tyrosine pigment.
About Indian Flapshell Turtle
- The “flap-shelled” name stems from the presence of femoral flaps located on the plastron. These flaps of skin cover the limbs when they retract into the shell.
- They are found in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh (Indus and Gange’s drainages), and Myanmar(Irrawaddy and Salween Rivers).
- They live in the shallow, quiet, often stagnant watersof rivers, streams, marshes, ponds, lakes and irrigation canals, and tanks.
- These turtles prefer waters with sand or mud bottoms because of their tendency to burrow. They are also well adapted to drought conditions.
- They are known to be Its diet consists of frogs, shrimp, snails, aquatic vegetation, plant leaves, flowers, fruits, grasses and seed.
- IUCN Status of Indian Flapshell Turtle is