The roti island snake-necked turtle is an oddly shaped freshwater turtle found only on the Indonesian island of Rote. The neck is nearly as long as the carapace of the turtle and is extremely mobile. In the wild it only exists in small isolated pockets in the central highlands of Rote Island. The species is an island endemic and is very susceptible to human interference. The exotic pet trade has decimated this species in the wild as it is one of the most desired turtle in the international pet trade.
The Giant Pangasius, or Paroon Shark, is a huge fish inhabiting the Mekong River Basin in South East Asia. It can reach an incredible length of 3 metres! It is not a shark, but rather a species of whisker-less catfish. It is a migratory fish and lays its eggs just before the monsoon season. It has a perfectly streamlined body with an elegant dorsal fin. The natural population has declined drastically over the last couple of decades as a result of overfishing. This has made the remaining Giant Pangasius populations severely fragmented and critically endangered.
The blood parrot is an interesting fish with a round balloon-shaped body and a small mouth. Since it’s a hybrid developed by humans it does not occur in the wild. They come in many colours, but the most striking ones are those with yellow or red colour. The blood parrot is very popular aquarium fish. It is a hardy fish and is therefore easy for the beginner They are, however, messy eaters and will only consume part of the food that is given. A powerful filter and good cleaning of the substrate is necessary when keeping these fish. Originating from cichlid parents, one would expect these fish to be aggressive. However, this is far from the case and these fish can easily be housed with similar sized fish such as Angelfish, Corydoras, Silver Dollars and many catfish species.They are called parrotfish because their nose looks like the beak of a parrot 🙂