Black-breasted leaf turtle

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Black-breasted leaf turtle
Stavenn Geoemyda spengleri.jpg
Geoemyda spengleri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Geoemydidae
Subfamily: Geoemydinae
Genus: Geoemyda
Species: G. spengleri
Binomial name
Geoemyda spengleri
(Gmelin, 1789)
  • Testudo spengleri
    Gmelin, 1789
  • Emys spengleri
    Schweigger, 1812
  • Geoemyda spengleri
    Gray, 1834
  • Clemmys (Clemmys) spengleri
    Fitzinger, 1835
  • Nicoria spengleri
    — Gray, 1856
  • Geomyda spengleri
    Mell, 1929
  • Geoemyda spengleri sinensis
    Fan, 1931
  • Geoemyda spengleri spengleri
    Pope, 1934

The black-breasted leaf turtle (Geoemyda spengleri ), also commonly called the Vietnamese leaf turtle or the black-breasted hill turtle, is a species of turtle in the family Geoemydidae (formerly called Bataguridae). The species is endemic to Southeast Asia.

Geographic range[edit]

G. spengleri found in China and Vietnam,[1] and it has been recently discovered in Laos, too.[3]


The specific name, spengleri, is in honor of Danish naturalist Lorenz Spengler.[4]

Domestic pet[edit]

G. spengleri is sometimes kept as a pet. This species of turtle has a pronounced hook on its upper jaw, which it uses in climbing. Pet owners of this turtle should take care not to trim the hook.[5]


  1. ^ a b Asian Turtle Trade Working Group (2000). "Geoemyda spengleri ". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World" (PDF). Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 222–223. ISSN 1864-5755. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 December 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Stuart BL, Hallam CD, Sayavong S, Nanthavong C, Sayaleng S, Vongsa O, Robichaud WG (2011). "Two Additions to the Turtle Fauna of Laos". Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 10: 113. doi:10.2744/CCB-0856.1. 
  4. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Geoemyda spengleri, p. 250).
  5. ^ Wilke, p. 17.

Further reading[edit]

  • Wilke, Hartmut (1998). Tortoises and Box Turtles. New York: Barron's Educational Series, Hauppauge Inc.

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