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Malayan Box Turtle
Cuora amboinensis
Class Reptilia

Order Chelonia

Distribution Southeast Asia including Tenasserim, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines

Habitat Ponds, marshes and flooded rice paddies in tropical rainforest areas

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

Behaviour Malayan Box Turtle is easily recognized by its dark olive or black head with three yellow stripes running along each side. The mature turtle can reach 200 mm in length. Toes are fully webbed. Generally, the male has a slightly more concave plastron with a longer, thicker tail and larger claws than the female. They will tuck their entire body inside their protective shell when facing predators. Mating occurs in water. Females usually lay two eggs per clutch in moist and well-drained area during April to June. Several clutches may be laid each year. Young turtles will hatch after an incubation period of roughly 76 days.

Diet Omnivorous. Mainly feed on vegetables, fruit, aquatic plants as well as fish and insects.
Malayan Box Turtle

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