The Southern river terrapin is very similar to the Painted Terrapin in which they both have pig-like snouts, white eyes and yellow cheeks. Its forefeet are flat and webbed, like those found in ducks. This helps the terrapin live in water. They have four nails and gray or black legs. Its shells are egg-shaped and are smooth and flat, especially in full grown adults; the scales are practically unseen. The carapace is brownish to grayish green while the plastron is off-white. During the mating season, the males head, neck and legs will turn black and its eyes an obvious white. Youngs will have flat and rounder shells, thus sometimes giving them the name of “the Plate terrapin” because of the flat, round shell that resembles a plate.
The Southern river terrapin can be found in canals and lower parts of revers near estuaries and brackish waters.
Omnivorous, but the bulk of the diet consists of vegetation and fruit.
The will lay their eggs 2-3 times, each time about 20 eggs in a span of 6 weeks. The eggs are oval and large in size and about 2 months to hatch.
Update : 11 April 2017