Cuora amboinensis amboinensis
(Obst & Reimann, 1994)
English : South-East Asian box turtle
French : Tortue boite d’Amboine
Class : Reptilia
Order : Testudines
Family : Geoemydidae
Notes : 3 other subspecies known.
Adults can reach a shell length of 20 cm. Domed shell, back dark grey to nearly black. Yellowish plastron with large black blotches. Blackish head with three horizontal yellow stripes, the upper one reaching neck. Subspecies with flatter shell.
Range and habitat
This subspecies occurs in central Indonesia, on Sulawesi and Moluccas. Species also found on mainland south-east Asia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Philippines. Lives in marshes, ponds, pools, rice paddies and forest areas nearby.
IUCN RED LIST : ENDANGERED
CITES : Appendix I
Status : This species is on the verge of being critically endangered. It is poached in unsustainable numbers and suffers from habitat loss as well.
Ex-Situ Programs : EEP in Europe