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Reptiles
 
Yellow-margined Box Turtle
Cuora flavomarginata
Class Reptilia

Order Chelonia

Distribution Southern China, Japan

Habitat Humid forested hills and near streams

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

Characteristics and Behaviour The head is smooth and olive green in colour. The carapace is reddish brown, highly domed with a prominent light yellow vertebral keel at the centre. Each scute is well marked with concentric rings. The dark brown plastron has a yellow band along the outer margin, for which the species earns its common name. The turtles live in groups, mainly active at night and in early morning. They rest during daytime in ground holes and the woodland. Breeding season lasts from May to September and a clutch comprises three to seven eggs.

Diet Omnivorous. Mainly feed on plant stems and leaves as well as insects and meat.
Yellow-margined Box Turtle



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