Big Headed Turtle


Scientific name : Platysternon megacephalum

Family : Platysternidae

Native to : South-East Asia and Southern China

Interesting fact : The turtle can climb up trees using its beak and tail.

Conservation status : Endangered

Five sub-species have been identified. It has a large, triangular head which cannot be withdrawn into the shell. But the head’s bony skull makes up for it. Its strong bony jaws allow it to feed on even hard-shelled molluscs and crustaceans. Their decline in numbers can be attributed to their popularity as food in Asia.

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