Chinese Three-Striped Box Turtle: Cuora Trifasciata
Distribution and Habitat
The turtle is native to northern Vietnam, several south China provinces and Hainan Island, China.
They enjoy a sub-tropic environment, living in clear streams.
These turtles are one of the most colorful of the turtles, with three distinct black stripes running down a brown carapace. They have a yellow, green or olive colored head which is narrow and pointed. There is a thick black stripe which extends back from the nose which borders a colored spot on each side of the head. This is a semi-aquatic turtle that enjoys swimming and wading.
The male of the species has a longer, thicker tail than the female.
It can survive brief periods of fairly cold weather by becoming dormant.