Giant Asian Pond Turtle

Giant Asian Pond Turtle

Giant Asian Pond Turtle
Heosemys grandis


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Testudines
FAMILY
Geoemydidae

Range

Southeast Asia


Habitat

Rivers, streams, lakes, swamps, marshes, and surrounding lands


Diet

Fruit, aquatic plants & small animals

Size

8 - 10 in.

Incubation

70 days

Clutch

2 - 3 eggs

IUCN Status

Vulnerable

CITES

Appendix II

Facts

  • Among the largest hard-shelled, semi-aquatic Asian turtles.
  • Has strong limbs and webbed toes so that it can swim in water or walk on land with great ease.
  • Has a characteristic light-orange/yellow head and its shell is grey-brown.

 

Conservation

Though these turtles are protected by Vietnamese law, their numbers continue to dwindle. They are in rapid decline due to the large-scale trade in food and medicinal products. Their habitat is also threatened by drainage and pollution.

Vulnerable

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