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Reptiles
 
Flowery Backed Box Terrapin
Cuora galbinifrons
Class Reptilia

Order Chelonia

Distribution Vietnam, Hainan of China

Habitat Bushy upland woodlands and forests

Conservation
Status
Listed under Appendix II of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Behaviour The Flowery Backed Box Terrapin is the least aquatic species of the genus. Its carapace, which is highly domed and 100 to 180 mm long, is dark brown in dorsal and yellow on both sides. A vertebral keel can be seen in juveniles. The head is yellow to pale green with dark speckles whereas the chin and throat are yellow to cream in colour. Limbs and tail are yellowish-brown to grey. The anterior surface of the forelegs is covered with enlarged scales. Toes are partially webbed. The male has a slightly thicker tail than the female. The Flowery Backed Box Terrapin is very shy and will withdraw into its shell when disturbed, remaining so for some time.

Diet Mainly animal food including earthworms and fish.



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