Species Spotlight! The Southern Vietnam Box Turtle!

For #TurtleMonth, April 22nd, to May 23rd, we are highlighting the 25 endangered species managed at our Turtle Survival Center, as well as the 8 native species that find refuge on our 51-acre property in South Carolina!

Today, meet the Southern Vietnam Box Turtle!

Scientific name: Cuora picturata

Countries of origin: Vietnam

Habitat: Tropical, moist, broadleaf evergreen forests

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

Wild Population: Decreasing; wild population estimated to be between 3,000 - 10,000 individuals; increasingly difficult to find

Conservation: Captive breeding and assurance colonies; field surveys; protected in Vietnam; CITES Appendix I

Graphic: Jordan Gray

Turtle Photos: John Greene, Nathan Haislip

You can help us care for the Southern Vietnam Box Turtles at our Turtle Survival Center by donating to our Turtle Month campaign today!
**Turtle Survival Alliance strives to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please contact Jordan Gray at jgray@turtlesurvival.org**