Yellow headed box turtle


Yellow headed box turtle (Cuora aurocapitata)

Zoo animal of the year 2018

The box turtle owes its slightly technical-sounding name to a simple mechanism, which enables it to clap its plastron shut by a hinge at the front and the end.

This closing mechanism is very effective against enemies, but not against the humans. Due to intensive „harvesting“ for food and medicine industry it is critically endangered.

The Gold-headed hinge turtle is the Zoo animal of year 2018

Category: other

Age: 7 – 8 years

food: Invertebrates, insects, vertebrates

habitat: Wetlands

Danger: threatened with extinction (CR)

distribution: China: Anhui Province

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