Asian leaf turtle

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This article is about the species. For the genus collectively known as 'Asian leaf turtles', see Cyclemys.
Asian leaf turtle
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Geoemydidae
Genus: Cyclemys
Species: C. dentata
Binomial name
Cyclemys dentata
(Gray, 1831)
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Cyclemys dentata range map
Synonyms[2]
  • Emys hasseltii Boie, 1826 (nomen nudum)
  • Emys dhor Gray, 1831
  • Emys hasselti Boie, 1831 (ex errore)
  • Cyclemys orbiculata Bell, 1834
  • Cistudo diardii Duméril & Bibron, 1835
  • Clemmys (Clemmys) hasseltii Boie, 1835
  • Cistudo (Cyclemys) dentata Gray, 1844
  • Emys diardii Schlegel, 1849
  • Cyclemys dentata Gray, 1856
  • Cyclemys bellii Gray, 1863
  • Cyclemys ovata Gray, 1863
  • Cistudo orbiculata Giebel, 1866
  • Cyclemys dhor Gray, 1870
  • Cistudo diardi Smith, 1931 (ex errore)
  • Cyclemys belli Smith, 1931 (ex errore)
  • Cyclemis dentata Goode, 1967
  • Cyclemys ovala Taylor, 1970 (ex errore)
  • Cyclemys dentata dentata Bonin, Devaux & Dupré, 1996
  • Cyclemys dentate Zhou, 2006 (ex errore)

The Asian leaf turtle (Cyclemys dentata) is a species of turtle found in Southeast Asia. They are quite common in the pet trade; their carapaces resemble that of a Cuora amboinensis hybrid.

Feeding[edit]

It is an omnivorous species that will feed upon vegetation, fish, insects, worms, and carrion.

Behavior[edit]

The Asian leaf turtle will squirt its digestive system contents when it feels threatened.

Size[edit]

Asian leaf turtles can grow 6 to 9.5 inches (15 to 24 cm) long and 4.5 to 6.5 inches in width.

Distribution[edit]

The turtle can be found in North India, Bangladesh, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, West Malaysia, Indonesia (Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Bali), Philippines (Palawan: Calamian Islands etc.), and China.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Asian Turtle Trade Working Group (2000). "Cyclemys dentata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2000: e.T39551A10247518. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2000.RLTS.T39551A10247518.en. 
  2. ^ Fritz Uwe; Peter Havaš (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World" (PDF). Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 220. ISSN 1864-5755. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 December 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  • Farkas B.; Gyurján I. (1998). "Geographic Distribution. Cyclemys dentata". Herpetological Review. 29 (1): 50. 
  • Fritz U.; Gaulke M.; Lehr E. (1997). "Revision der südostasiatischen Dornschildkröten-Gattung Cyclemys Bell 1834, mit Beschreibung einer neuen Art". Salamandra. 33 (3): 183–212. 
  • Gaulke Maren (1995). "On the distribution of Emydid turtles and the Anuran genus Microhyla in the Philippines Asiatic". Herpetological Research. 6: 49–52. 
  • Gaulke Maren; Fritz Uwe (1998). "Distribution patterns of batagurid turtles in the Philippines (Testudines: BataguridaCuora, Cyclemys, Heosemys)". Herpetozoa. 11 (1/2): 3–12. 
  • Gray, J.E. 1857 Notice of some Indian tortoises (including the description of a new species presented to the British Museum by Professor Oldham). Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (2) 19: 342-344
  • Gray, J.E. 1864 Observations on the box tortoises, with the description of three new Asiatic species. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (3) 13: 105-111
  • Gray, J.E. 1873 On the original form, development, and cohesion of the bones of the sternum of chelonians; with notes on the skeleton of Sphargis. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (4) 11: 161-172

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