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Malaysian Giant Turtle

Orlitia borneensis

Range

  • Southeast Asia

Habitat

  • Rivers and streams

Diet

  • Leaves
  • Fruit

One of the largest freshwater turtles in the world, this omnivore is endangered despite official protection.

Many of these turtles are illegally killed for food or for the medical trade. Others are exported by poachers for the pet market or die due to habitat loss as their native range is replaced with palm oil plantations. Conservation efforts are attempting to keep this mysterious turtle alive for future generations.

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