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Asian Yellow Pond Turtle

Mauremys mutica

Range

  • Central Vietnam, south and central China, Taiwan, Japan

Habitat

  • Ponds, marshes, and slow-moving rivers

Diet

  • Leaves
  • Seeds
  • Insects
  • Fish
  • Tadpoles

The male and female of this species are similar in size, unlike most Asian turtle species where the females are larger.

Spending their lives around slow-moving water, these turtles eat a variety of worms, insects, snails, small fish, and aquatic plants. This turtle species, like many others, is rapidly disappearing from Southern Asia due to widespread collection to supply food markets, traditional medicine, and the pet trade.

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