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Reptiles, Amphibians, Invertebrates & Small Pets : Asian Box Turtle Facts


Here we have an Asian box turtle. Its scientific
name is cuora amboinensis. It is found in the lowland tropical rainforests of Southeast
Asia. The adult of this species can reach up to ten – up to eight inches, I’m sorry,
but are generally quite smaller. Although they are less colorful than most box turtles
you’d find in the US, they’re not actually very closely related to them. They are recognized
by their dark olive or black colored head, with these beautiful yellow stripes around
the face and neck. There’s generally three of them. As you can see, the Malaysian box
turtle uses the typical defense characteristics of these box turtles. They can tuck their
head in their arms, into their shell, they can do this because they have a hinged plaster
on, which allows them to protect their feet, arms and head from predators. This particular
species can also swim very well, so its first line of defense is usually to flee from perceived
danger and hide along the bottoms of ponds and lakes. Mating in this species occurs in
the water, after copulation the female finds a moist, well drained area and digs a nest
with her hind feet to lay the eggs. They lay about one to five spherical eggs per nest,
they can lay several nests in one season as long as the weather remains warm. The incubation
time is roughly seventy-six days between fertilization and the hatching. This turtle is able to reach
sexual maturity at about four to five years of age. This turtle feeds on vegetation, such
as fallen fruits, and even soft invertebrates such as worms and slugs. An interesting fact
about these turtles, is due to the very warm climate they live in, they never hibernate
and can stay active all year long. And that’s an Asian box turtle.

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