Species Spotlight! Yellow-headed Box Turtle!

"It's gonna be a bright, bright, bright sunshiny day!"
This #SundayFunDay Species Spotlight features a turtle that always brings sunshine to our day at the Turtle Survival Center!
Did you know that in just the last several years, we've hatched 24 Yellow-headed Box Turtles at the Turtle Survival Center? You can help us continue to breed this extremely endangered species by donating to our Turtle Month campaign today!
Common name: Yellow-headed Box Turtle

Scientific name: Cuora aurocapitata

Countries of origin: China

Habitat: Clear hill streams

Threats: Habitat destruction and degradation; collection for the food and medicinal trades; pollution

Wild Population: Decreasing; estimated population reduction greater than 95%; considered functionally extinct in the wild

Conservation: Captive breeding and assurance colonies; field surveys; protected in the wild in China; CITES Appendix II

Graphic: Jordan Gray
Turtle Photos: Jordan Gray, Cris Hagen

**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**