Indochinese Box Turtle

Cuora Galbinifrons

Scientific Name

Indochinese Box Turtle:  
Cuora Galbinifrons

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

Indochinese Box Turtles are found in a small range, native only to North Vietnam and Hainan Island, China.

Natural Habitat

Indochinese Box Turtles inhabit fresh water, bushy, woodland and forest areas found in high elevations.

Physical Characteristics

  • Indochinese Box Turtles have high-domed carapaces with alternating areas of dark brown and yellowish cream stripes that radiate out from the middle of the shell. Their chins and throats are also yellow/cream and their pointed heads have short snouts and are yellowish grey. They do have hinges at both ends on the sides of the plastron, which enable these turtles to fully seal themselves within their shells.

Quick Facts

  1. Indochinese Box Turtles are a strikingly mottled species of freshwater turtle.

  2. Indochinese Box Turtles have hinges at both sides of the plastron that enable them to fully seal themselves within their shells.


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Conservation Status

Critically Endangered: The Indochinese Box Turtle is facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

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Indochinese Box Turtles are omnivores, feasting on greens and small animals such as worms.