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]

The yellow-headed temple turtle (Heosemys annandalii ) is a large species of turtle in the family Geoemydidae. The species is native to Southeast Asia.


The common name, "yellow-headed temple turtle", is derived from the fact that it is often found near Buddhist temples within its range.[citation needed]

The specific name, annandalii, is in honor of Scottish herpetologist Nelson Annandale.[3]


H. annandalii may grow to over 20 in (51 cm) in straight carapace length.[citation needed]


H. annandalii is aquatic, and is generally herbivorous.[citation needed]

Conservation status[edit]

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) suspended trade of yellow-headed temple turtles in July 2012.[4]

Geographic range[edit]

H. annandalii is found in Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and possibly Myanmar.[1][2]


H. annandalii may live in captivity for up to 35 years.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Rhodin 2011, p. 000.190
  2. ^ a b Fritz 2007, p. 224
  3. ^ 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. (Hieremys annandalii, p. 9).
  4. ^ "Times-Tribune CITES 2012". 

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA (1903). "Report on the Batrachians and Reptiles". pp. 131–178. In: Annandale N, Robinson HC (1903). Fasciculi Malayenses: Anthropological and Zoological Results of an Expedition to Perak and the Siamese Malay States, 1901-1902. Zoology, Part I. London, New York and Bombay: Longmans, Green & Co. for The University Press of Liverpool. 189 pp. (Cyclemys annandalii, new species, pp. 142–144 + Plates VII-VIII).
  • Chan-ard, Tanya; Parr, John W.K.; Nabhitabhata, Jarujin (2015). A Field Guide to the Reptiles of Thailand. New York: Oxford University Press. 314 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-973649-2 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0-19-973650-8 (paperback).
  • Smith MA (1931). The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Amphibia. Vol. I.—Loricata, Testudines. London: Secretary of State for India in Council. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xxviii + 185 pp. + Plates I-II. ("Hieremys annandalei [sic]", pp. 107–109, Figures 24-25).