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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Reptiles: Keeled Box Turtle


The Keeled Box Turtle (Pyxidea mouhotii) inhabits the forest floor leaf litter of localized areas of evergreen forests from northeastern India through Myanmar, Lao PDR and Viet Nam to southern China. The species has been harvested in large numbers for the Asian turtle consumption trade, as well as for the international pet trade. Populations have disappeared and remaining populations, including those in formally designated protected areas, appear to be declining.

photo © Peter Paul van Dijk


  • If you are having a hard time locating a reputable turtle to buy, you may consider looking for a group that can point you in the right direction. There are many groups of turtle enthusiasts out there, and there’s probably one in your area. These groups are dedicated to the well-being of turtles, and can point you in the right direction when it comes to finding a good turtle dealer, and may even have turtles for sale themselves, which you can be sure are healthy.

    By Anonymous Turtles eat, at 11:44  

  • For some types of pet turtles, shrimp might be a good way of introducing calcium into the diet. You will need to cut off the sharp edges before feeding time, though. Beef, liver or chicken can also be offered to some species, although the chicken has to be cooked to avoid the risk of salmonella.

    By Anonymous Turtles eat, at 11:45  

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