Carapad are a small, turtle-like reptile. They have smooth, light blue skin. Carapad only have limbs in the front, which are pointy and triangular. Carapad's eyes are round and hooded. Their heads consist of long, tubular mouths and short necks which help Carapad shoot jets of water from their mouths.
Carapad's shells are green and coin-shaped. The pale markings on their shells resemble the veins of a leaf. In actuality, these are part of Carapad's exoskeleton. The spinal bones provide support for the rest of Carapad's more pliable shell tissue. Their shells are made of spongy, water-filled chitin. Like a more common, hard shell, this allows them the absorb moderate to strong physical blows. Carapad have the additional advantage that there is no risk of their shell (and therefore their bones) shattering.
Carapad have no gender differences.
Carapad prefer to live near stagnant bodies of water such as ponds or fens. They can live off the water and nutrients stored in their shells for an estimated ten years. When faced with either famine or drought, however, Carapad and Puripad will gather to create their own body of water, using their signature move Transpiration. It is commonly believed that NAMEHERE MARSH was desolate and acidic before a colony of displaced Carapad migrated to the island.
In modern times, owning Carapad and Puripads are considered essential to most types of agriculture. Farmers release Carapad into rice paddies to keep the ecosystem in balance and to filter the water. Other farmers own trained Carapads, who can use Transpiration to water crops more efficiently than any sprinkler could.
Carapad thrive in marshy environments. They spend long days withdrawn in their shells, floating on top of the water. There, Carapad's shells can catch sunlight and absorb water.
Carapad use their shells to mimic lily pads. People and Pokémon alike often fall for their disguise. But, if disturbed, Carapad will shoot a jet of water at the offender's face.