Often in the internet, people commented that she looks like C. paleatus, a common grey species which I feel do a great de-service to this poor species rarely found in the market. Her elongated sturdy body, shiny greyish-green camouflage with clean-cut patches and hyper-activeness will instantly be recognised by any hobbyist in her own rights, a separate and beautifully unique.
She is still alive and kicking in various eco setup that i designed for my tank depending on my mood for the past 3.5 years. And she is also the typical stronger ones who is able to swim to the surface to suckle the terta bits flooding on the surface, for a period of time. When she does this, you will hear the "Chip" Chip" sounds made by the inhaling of water and air in the night.
Even today she behaves like a dog swimming in the water. She still looks exactly the same as the above photo and is time the owner reminded himself that he owes her a life partner for the remainder of her days which can be 20 years ....
The above is a rare photo where i manage to get enough light at the right location and her staying motionless for the few seconds to snap.
11th april 2012