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Chinese Big-Headed Turtle 1

Chinese Big-headed Turtle

Reptiles / Platysternon megacephalum
Length 7.2"
Conservation Status

Despite their appearance, these turtles are not related to snapping turtles. They use their hooked beak and long tail to navigate the streams in which they live. Big-headed turtles cannot pull their head entirely into their shell. As a result, the tops of their head are heavily armored. This species is part of the Tennessee Aquarium’s Asian Turtle Breeding Program. The Chinese big-headed turtle is endangered. Turtles and tortoises across Southeast Asia have undergone massive declines in recent years due to overexploitation for the Southern Asian, particularly Chinese, food markets.

China; Laos; Myanmar; Thailand; Vietnam
Cool, rocky mountain streams
Fish, invertebrates
Chinese Big-Headed Turtle
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