sluggish or standing water in canals, lakes, and swamps.
Inhabits waters with submerged aquatic vegetation. Usually
found only in deep pools in rivers and occasionally in
lakes. Enters flooded forest. Carnivorous and subsists on
fish, frogs, snakes, insects, earthworms and tadpoles. There
are reports of this species taking water birds, snakes, and
rodents. Males are territorial. May bite when caught.