This is a widespread species that is found in southern China (including Hong Kong), India (West Bengal) and much of Bangladesh, and throughout the lowland plains of Myanmar, Thailand, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Cambodia and Viet Nam, northern Peninsular Malaysia, and Sumatra and Java in Indonesia (Bourret 1942, Taylor 1962, Berry 1975, Inger and Colwell 1977, Iskandar 1998, Zug et al.1998 and Stuart 1999). It occurs up to 750 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits grasslands, forest edges, dry forests and lowland wetlands with dense aquatic vegetation, including pools, ponds, marshes, shallow reservoir margins, ditches, paddy fields and slow-flowing creeks. It breeds in the same habitats.
It is abundant in appropriate habitat. In Hong Kong, the population has recently declined very quickly.
There are no significant threats seriously impacting this species. It is sometimes found in the international pet trade but at levels that do not currently constitute a major threat.
Its range overlaps with several protected areas. It is protected by national legislation in India.
Peter Paul van Dijk, Djoko Iskandar, Michael Wai Neng Lau, Zhao Ermi, Geng Baorong, Shi Haitao, Sushil Dutta, Saibal Sengupta, Sohrab Uddin Sarker 2004. Occidozyga lima. In: IUCN 2014