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Indian Black Turtle by Dr. Manoj C. Sindagi
Turtles, like all reptiles, regulate their body temperature by seeking out places warmed by the sun, or cooling themselves in the shade, wet mud or water. These Indian black turtles or Indian pond terrapins Melanochelys trijuga are basking on a tree stub in the Nagarahole National Park, Karnataka. Semi-aquatic, fresh water inhabitants, they feed primarily on aquatic plants. This terrapin tableau is enhanced by the reflection cast in the water. “This is a work of art” was the unanimous view of the Sanctuary selection panel.