Species Spotlight! Southeast Asian Box Turtle

#Saturday Turtle Survival Center Species Spotlight!

Hailing from a broad range across subtropical and tropical South and Southeast Asia, these stripe-faced beauties are well known the world over. Sadly, though, the threats they face as a species are a primary reason why they are so well known. Your support today ensures this species survives into the future! https://give.turtlesurvival.org/2023-Turtle-Month-SM

Common name: Southeast Asian Box Turtle

Scientific name: Cuora amboinensis

Countries of origin: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam

Habitat: Wide variety of shallow, still to slow-moving, heavily vegetated freshwater bodies

Threats: Collection for the food, pet, and medicinal trades; habitat destruction and alteration; pollution

Wild Population: Decreasing; estimated population reduction between 50-80%; highly uncommon in some areas, while still common in others

Conservation: Captive breeding; genetic studies; adapts moderately well to human-impacted areas; protection status varies by country; CITES Appendix II

Graphic: Jordan Gray
Turtle Photos: Jordan Gray; Licensed

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