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Philippine forest turtle

Siebenrockiella leytensis


Siebenrockiella leytensis is a species of freshwater turtle endemic to the Philippines. It is classified as critically endangered. It is known as the Philippine forest turtle, the Philippine pond turtle, the Palawan turtle, or the Leyte pond turtle. Despite the latter common name, it does not occur in the island of Leyte but is instead native to the Palawan island group. Philippine forest turtles are readily recognizable by their ginkgo-shaped vertebral scutes and a pale white to yellow line traversing across its head behind the ears. The previous characteristic has earned it the nickname of 'bowtie turtle'. Philippine forest turtles are classified under the subgenus Panyaenemys. Together with the smiling terrapin (Siebenrockiella crassicollis), it is one of the two species in the genus Siebenrockiella.

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goldenearthgirl 9 years ago

Beautiful turtle! :)

Brian Santos
Brian Santos 11 years ago

Uy thanks to all of you !

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 11 years ago

Congrats kabayan Brian!

JanelleL.Streed 11 years ago


Atul 11 years ago

congrats !

CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago


KarenL 11 years ago

Congratulations Brian, this spotting has been featured in the Project Noah blog today!

Brian Santos
Brian Santos 11 years ago

This particular turtle was a captive animal from some hobbyist in the Philippines.

alicelongmartin 12 years ago

Nice picture details and information.

Brian Santos
Spotted by
Brian Santos

Puerto Princesa, MIMAROPA, Philippines

Spotted on Mar 20, 2009
Submitted on Jun 16, 2012

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