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REPTILES

Four Eyed Turtle

Sacalia quadriocellata

ON EXHIBIT:  Rivers of the World and Turtle Gallery in River Journey

Four eyed turtle

FUN FACTS

Despite the name, these turtles do not have four eyes.  Instead, both males and females have eye spots or ocelli on the tops of their heads.  These markings are different for males and females.  This species is part of the Tennessee Aquarium’s Asian Turtle Breeding Program and has successfully reproduced here.

CONSERVATION
IUCN: Endangered.  Raised conservation awareness and more effective law enforcement is required if the four-eyed turtle, and other freshwater turtles, are to survive.


Fan Photo

Four-eyed turtle baby
Photo by Todd Stailey

About This Animal

SIZE: 5.6 in (14.3 cm)

RANGE: Southern China from Fujian to eastern Guangdong Province.

HABITAT: Freshwater streams, brooks, and ponds in woodland, often mountainous habitats.

DIET: In the wild, they feed upon carrion, snails, beetle larvae, earthworms, water plants and fruits.