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Sulawesi Forest Turtle

© written by Tasha Guenther

Unfortunately, this turtle is well-known for how endangered it is. As a critically endangered species, the Sulawesi Forest turtle (Leucocephalon yuwonoi) has a staggeringly low population in its place of origin, Sulawesi, Indonesia. This is thanks to loss of habitat, capture for human use (kept as pets), etc.

The Sulawesi Forest turtle is a part of the Asian river turtle family, Geoemydidae. It lives half on land and half in the water. It easily blends into its environment with colours of brown, cream, and orange. Males are larger than females. Males measure up to 28 cm; females, 24 cm.