However one of my friends has successfully reared a lelabi to a giant size. It is his pet and he will not have it in the pot!! And I hope no one will steal his beautiful pet. The market value is RM 35 - 40 per kilo. Some people may just buy the blood only to prepare a longevity herbal concoction.
The lelabi is 2 feet wide (shell only) from side to side and about 2 1/2 feet long. It should be about 20kg in weight if not more. Aged 4 years from the time it was scooped from a puddle!! The labi labi is a very dangerous animal in fact. Never put your finger near him. The safe distance is 2 feet because that's how high he can jump from the water. A camera can easily be snapped into pieces by him. According to local beliefs only a clap of thunder can release your hand (if it is not yet swallowed) from his mouth...So never tickle a labi labi!!
|Beautiful round eyes.|
|Interesting nose. This is a good angle..you would be transfix by how his head retracts into his body and he would swim away gracefully.|
|Neck area...don't ever try to tickle him. His neck can extend up to a good foot.|
|Cute giant asking for more food. He is a vegetarian.|
Perhaps it is a good idea to rear labi labi in a farm so that this species would not become extinct!!