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Turtles of Southeast  Asia
 

Turtles, terrapins and tortoises, or Chelonians (Order : Testudines), include some of the most endangered species on the planet.  For centuries the larger species have been hunted and traded for their shells, meat and eggs.  In Southeast Asia, these ancient creatures range in size from small, secretive terrapins hiding in muddy, forest streams to huge sea turtles up to 2 metres in length navigating the globe.

There are around 300 species of Chelonian alive today, with around 80 species in Southeast Asia, some examples of which are presented here.

 
 

Marine Turtles  (Dermochelyidae, Cheloniidae)

             
     
Conservation Links :
 
   
Asian Turtle Program

Indian Ocean - SE Asian Marine Turtle MOU
Sea Turtle Research Unit, Malaysia
Turtle Survival Alliance
Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia

Leatherback Turtle
Dermochelys coriacea
 
  Green Turtle
Chelonia mydas
 
  Hawksbill Turtle
Eretmochelys imbricata 
 
 
           

Land Tortoises  (Testudinidae)

                 
             
Elongated Tortoise
Indotestudo elongata
 
  Impressed Tortoise
Manouria impressa 
 
         
                 

Asian Hard-shell Terrapins  (Geoemydidae)

                 
       
Malayan Box Terrapin
Cuora amboinensis
 
  Asian Leaf Terrapin
Cyclemys dentata
 
  Dark-bellied Leaf Terrapin
Cyclemys enigmatica
 
  Yellow-headed Temple Turtle
Heosemys annandalii
 
Giant Leaf Terrapin
Heosemys grandis
 
       
Spiny Terrapin
Heosemys spinosa
 
Chinese Stripe-necked Terrapin  Mauremys sinensis
   
Malayan Flat-shelled Terrapin
Notochelys platynota
   
Malayan Giant Terrapin
Orlitia borneensis
   
Black Marsh Terrapin
Siebenrockiella crassicollis 
       
                 

Pig-nose Turtles  (Carettochelyidae)

                 
               
Pig-nosed Turtle
Carettochelys insculpta
 
 
 

 
       
                 

Soft-shell Turtles  (Trionychidae)

                 
           
Asiatic Soft-shell Turtle
Amyda cartilaginea
 
  Malayan Soft-shell Turtle
Dogania subplana
 
Chinese Soft-shell Turtles
Pelodiscus spp.
 
       
                 

New World Hard-shell Turtles  (Emydidae)

                 
               
Red-eared Terrapin
Trachemys scripta elegans