The Indian Pond Terrapin is a still water species found mainly in South Asia and it is a widespread resident in Peninsular India. It is unfortunate that like most Turtles found in India, the conservation status of the Indian Pond Terrapin is “near threatened” category because of the demand for their meat.
We have seen them many times in the lakes and waterholes during our Jeep Safaris into the Indian forests. This time around we got very lucky. We were returning back from our Jeep Safari into the Badra Wildlife Sanctuary when our naturalist spotted this small terrapin crossing the road and we got a great chance to photograph this tiny wonder at close quarters.

Here’s a collection of images from that lucky sighting. This was one of the first times we tested the 105mm f2.8 macro lens on the D300.