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Painted Terrapin

Scientific Name: Batagur borneoensis

Conservation Status:

Critically Endangered IUCN Red List

About

Painted terrapins are medium to large-sized turtles native to Asia.

STATUS

One of the most endangered turtles in Southeast Asia, the painted river terrapin is in trouble because it is hunted for food, traditional medicine, and the illegal pet trade. By returning to the same beaches and sand bars year after year, its predictable habits allow extensive harvesting of breeding females and eggs.

Location Within the Zoo

You’ll find this animal in the Desert LAIR. See Zoo Map.

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