The Yellow-margined Box Turtle is a very rare species of turtle. Not only can it retract its head, arms, and legs, but it can also conceal itself in a way that resembles a lid on box. This turtle is on the brink of extinction because it is sought as a pet and as food.
Shell size: Up to 19cm
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
The Yellow-margined Box Turtle lives only in the Southern part of China, Taiwan, and the Okinawa Islands of Ishigaki and Iriomote.
The Yellow-margined Box Turtle eats insects, worms, tree nuts and fruits.
The family of Box Turtles has the ability to hide their head, arms, and legs in a way that resembles covering a box with a lid. The Yellow-margined Box Turtle is unique in that it can press its back shell flat against its abdomen shell.
A rare turtle that protects itself by shutting its own lid
The Yellow-margined Box Turtle lives only in the Southern part of China, Taiwan, and the Okinawa Islands of Ishigaki and Iriomote. Just like other turtles, Box Turtles retract their head, arms, and legs when sensing danger. But Box Turtles go a step further by folding their abdominal shell over their head and rear end, closing like box. This novel trait is what makes the Box Turtle popular as a pet.
Many have been captured...
Unfortunately, many wild Yellow-margined Box Turtles have been captured because they are very popular as pets. They have also been sought out as food and medicine, and they suffer from the degradation of their habitat from deforestation. The importation and exportation of the Yellow-margined Box Turtle, which is on the brink of extinction in all of the countries it lives in, is now severely restricted.
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