Species Spotlight! Vietnamese Pond Turtle!

#turtletuesday Twofer: Part 2

An endemic species of coastal south-central Vietnam, these stripe-faced beauties are, sadly, now one of the rarest turtles in nature. At our Turtle Survival Center in South Carolina, though, they are thriving. Your support today ensures this species will survive into the future! https://give.turtlesurvival.org/2023-Turtle-Month-SM

Common name: Vietnamese Pond Turtle

Scientific name: Mauremys annamensis

Countries of origin: Vietnam

Habitat: Marshes, ponds, lakes, slow-moving streams and rivers, and rice paddies

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

Wild Population: Decreasing; estimated population reduction greater than 99%; wild population is estimated to be less than 50 adults

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

Graphic: Jordan Gray
Turtle Photos: Cris Hagen; Licensed

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