The Ryukyu Black-breasted Leaf Turtle is a rare turtle that lives only in Okinawa. It is on the brink of extinction due to deforestation and attacks by animals brought to the island by humans.
Shell size: Maximum 15.6cm
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
The Ryukyu Black-breasted Leaf Turtle lives only on the main island, the Kumejima Island, and the Tokashiki Island of the Okinawa Islands.
The Ryukyu Black-breasted Leaf Turtle is omnivorous in that it eats not only animals like worms and insects, but also tree leaves as well.
The Ryukyu Black-breasted Leaf Turtle lays only one egg at a time, making it difficult to restore their numbers once they start to vanish.
Rare animals in Okinawa on the brink of extinction...
The Okinawa Islands, surrounded by water, are home to rare animals not found anywhere else. The Ryukyu Black-breasted Leaf Turtle is just but one example. Today, many of the animals living exclusively in Okinawa are potentially in danger of extinction for the same reasons. First, the forests necessary for these animals to survive are vanishing. Next, these rare animals are often attached by Mongooses and Cats, which were brought to the island from outside by people.
Save the Ryukyu Black-breasted Leaf Turtle by building ditches they can escape from!
In addition to these threats, roadside ditches present a fatal trap for reptiles like turtles, lizards, and frogs, and amphibians alike. Often, the Ryukyu Black-breasted Leaf Turtle will fall into these ditches and die because they cannot escape. Currently, there are efforts being made to rebuild these ditches with a gradual slope so that small animals can climb out and return to their forests.
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