Annam leaf turtle facts
The Annam leaf turtle is one of the most endangered reptiles on earth, there are only around 50 remaining individuals in the wild. Annam leaf turtles were once thought to be extinct after not being seen in the wild for 65 years, partly because they like to hide themselves in thick vegetation. Not much is known about the Annam leaf turtle because of their rarity, but at our conservation Zoo we are working to better understand the species to help recover the species.
- In the past this species was considered a pest; large individuals would walk through rice crops and flatten the plants. This species has now been collected to near extinction for food and traditional medicine.
- The economic value of this species has recently increased and as a result the species has been highly sought after, often for illegal farming operations..
- Annam leaf turtles do not live in any protected area.
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What do Annam leaf turtles look like?
Annam leaf turtles have dark heads with three or four yellow stripes down the side, the carapace (upper shell) is dark brown while their plastron (underside of the shell) or orange with black marks on each scute.
What do Annam leaf turtles eat?
Invertebrates, fish and occasionally aquatic vegetation.
Annam leaf turtle threats
Illegally hunted and traded for food and traditional medicine. They are also threatened due to habitat loss and modification.
Annam leaf turtle conservation
We've supported the work of the Asian Turtle Programme, which aims to establish a safe and sustainable future for the Annam leaf turtle and other Asian turtles. Our sister conservation Zoo, Whipsnade, coordinated the EEP for the Annam leaf turtle,