Black-breasted leaf turtle

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Black-breasted leaf turtle
Stavenn Geoemyda spengleri.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
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, Vietnamese leaf turtle or black-breasted hill turtle (Geoemyda spengleri) is a species of turtle in the family Geoemydidae (formerly called Bataguridae). It is found in China and Vietnam.[1] It has been recently discovered in Laos, too.[3]

Domestic pet[edit]

It 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.[4]


  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; Peter Havaš (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology 57 (2): 222–223. ISSN 1864-5755. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 December 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Stuart, B. L.; Hallam, C. D.; Sayavong, S.; Nanthavong, C.; Sayaleng, S.; Vongsa, O.; Robichaud, W. G. (2011). "Two Additions to the Turtle Fauna of Laos". Chelonian Conservation and Biology 10: 113. doi:10.2744/CCB-0856.1. 
  4. ^ Wilke: p.17
  • Wilke, Hartmut.Tortoises and Box Turtles. Barron's Educational Series, Hauppauge Inc., New York, 1998.

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