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Malayan box turtle

Cuora amboinensis


These turtles have blackish-brown to olive brown colored shells that are not as ornate as many other box turtles. All have a blackish olive head with three yellow stripes on the side. The plastron (the bony plates on the underside) have a hinge-line which allows the entire animal to withdraw inside the fully closed shell. It feeds on vegetation, fallen fruits and soft invertebrates such as worms and slugs. References:


The Malayan Box Terrapin inhabits lowland lakes, swamps and other water bodies. References:

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Benguet, Philippines

Lat: 16.42, Long: 120.58

Spotted on Dec 25, 2018
Submitted on Jul 9, 2019

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