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A Rare, Golden Flapshell “Grilled Cheese” Turtle Was Found in India

This gorgeous little golden flapshell turtle is one of a few recently discovered little turtles in India.

It’s vivid, it’s the color of the sun, of an egg yolk, of a banana, of a daffodil—it’s a golden flapshell turtle.

Discovered in a net during a fishing spree, this latest internet sensation has gained a lot of attention, and given the turtle’s flashy coloring, it’s easy to see why. 

The Indian flapshell turtle, is usually brown with yellow spots, although on occasion they come out yellow.

It’s a common type of turtle across South Asia, and it’s been spotted in its yellow form a number of times across the region.

It is believed that this unique color is caused by albinism. This usually causes most animals to turn white but not in the case of this special turtle.

It’s difficult to relocate the golden flapshell turtle once caught as due to their color, they stand out like a sore thumb in the wild.

The fact that they are yellow is not that uncommon, they are in fact rare to see as due to their color, they do not survive for long in the wild.

And understandably so, zero camouflage cover is given to these turtles as their startling golden color blends in with absolutely nothing in their natural environment.

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Written by Joe Kahlo

After years of writing in the financial industry, Joe was finally able to focus his writing on what he loves, Animals!