Sākums Animals Malayan Box Turtle

Malayan Box Turtle

IUCN Red List: Endangered
EEP (EAZA Ex-situ Programme)

Malayan Box Turtles are distributed only in lowland tropical rainforest areas of Southeast Asia.

The countries of occurrence include Bangladesh, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The wild population is declining. Large numbers of Malayan Box Turtles are extracted from the wild for consumption, traditional Chinese medicine and the pet trade, and it still continues.


■ Included in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in 1996, listed as Endangered (EN) since 2000.
■ The species is managed under the EEP (EAZA Ex-situ Programme). Currently it is coordinated by Münster Zoo.
■ Listed in Appendix II of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES, or Washington Convention).


■ Phylum Chordata – chordates
■ Class Reptilia – reptiles
■ Order Testudines – turtles
■ Family Geoemydidae – Asian river turtles, Asian leaf turtles, Asian box turtles and roofed turtles
■ Species Cuora amboinensis – Malayan Box Turtle

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