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Chinese Box Turtle

Chinese box turtle is a semi-aquatic species of turtle found in China, Taiwan and Japan. The species is omnivorous. There are two recognized subspecies of this species.  

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Superfamily Testudinoidea
    Family Geoemydidae
    Subfamily Geoemydinae
    Genus Cuora
    Scientific Name Cuora flavomarginata

    Other Names Yellow-margined box turtle, Golden-headed turtle
    Size Around 19.5 cm
    Weight 647 – 977 g
    Color Vibrant yellow stripe against a dark brown outer shell ; scales on the outer shell may have deep reddish brown blotches; dark brown to black underside with a yellow border; head is gray with pink or yellow coloration appearing on the chin; a yellow stripe runs from the tip of the head to the neck; gray limbs with yellow coloration on the heels
    Distribution China, Taiwan, Japan
    Habitat Ponds, rice paddies, forests, grasslands
    Diet Variety of insects, worms, plants, fruit
    Hibernation Fact Undergoes hibernation
    Predators Eggs fall prey to snakes and cats
    Breeding Season April – July
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 1 to 3 eggs
    Incubation Period 68 to 72 days
    Reproductive Age Male: Around 13 years of age
    Female: Around 14 years of age
    Average Lifespan 10 to 20 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Endangered

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    Published on March 17th 2017 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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