Yellow-headed temple turtle

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Yellow-headed temple turtle
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Superfamily: Testudinoidea
Family: Geoemydidae
Genus: Heosemys
Species: H. annandalii
Binomial name
Heosemys annandalii
Boulenger, 1903[1]
  • Cyclemys annandalii Boulenger, 1903
  • Hieremys annandalei Smith, 1916 (ex errore)
  • Cyclemys annandali Mell, 1929 (ex errore)
  • Cyclemys annandalei Smith, 1930
  • Hieremys annandalii Smith, 1930
  • Hieremys annandali Mertens, Müller & Rust, 1934
  • Heosemys annandalii Diesmos, Parham, Stuart & Brown, 2005

The yellow-headed temple turtle (Heosemys annandalii) is a large turtle native to Southeast Asia. Its name is derived from the fact that it is often found near Buddhist temples within its range.[citation needed]

These turtles are aquatic and grow to over 20 in (51 cm) in size. They have been reported to live in captivity for up to 35 years. They are generally herbivorous.[citation needed]

CITES suspended trade of yellow-headed temple turtles in July 2012.[3]

Geographic range[edit]

They are found in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Malaysia, and possibly Myanmar.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c Rhodin 2011, p. 000.190
  2. ^ a b Fritz 2007, p. 224
  3. ^ "Times-Tribune CITES 2012".