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Endangered species in East Asia : Reeve’s turtle

Animal

The reed turtle is a member of the turtle family that lives in China, Japan, and Taiwan. The reed turtle is a turtle classified in the genus Pond Turtle in the genus Pond Turtle, the order Turtle, the family Pond Turtle, and is very famous in East Asia. The reed turtle has a shell length of only about 30 cm, so it is said that it is easy for humans to keep, but many people do not know that it is actually an endangered species. This turtle is endangered by humans. It is a turtle in need of protection.

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habitat

The reed turtle lives in East Asia.

Characteristics

The reed turtle has a maximum shell length of 30 cm and a maximum weight of 1 kg. Females are larger than males, and their carapace colors are mainly brown, grey-brown, dark brown, and black. The head is rather large. The tip of the snout is slightly protruding, and the color of the head is dark brown, dark grey-brown, brown, or black. The reed turtle is an aquatic turtle that lives in rivers and lakes. It is a cold-blooded animal that basks in the sun during the day to warm its body and look for food. One of the most important characteristics of the reed turtle is its scent. The reed turtle emits a very foul odor when it feels threatened and threatened. For this reason, places where reed turtles live may have a foul odor.

ecology

Turtles are omnivorous animals that mainly forage for food in the water. The mode of reproduction is oviparous. Males court and mate with females underwater. Turtles often breed during the summer months. Lays about 1-10 eggs per time. Eggs hatch in 2 months. Children live with their parents for some time. Life expectancy is about 20 to 30 years.

endangered species

Humans are the biggest threat to turtles. Humans overhunt reed turtles for food. In addition, reed turtles are said to be effective for medicinal purposes, and overhunting for this purpose is also a problem. In recent years, reed turtles have become popular as pets, and due to the demand in East Asia, the number of habitats has decreased sharply. In the Republic of Korea, the People’s Republic of China, and Taiwan, which have taken this seriously, they are subject to protection. The turtle is now listed as an endangered species. It is also listed in CITES Appendix III. There are restrictions on international transactions.

Breeding

Reeve turtles are protected animals in some areas, so it is not easy to obtain them, but it is possible to keep them. These animals are usually kept indoors, but they can also be kept outdoors. If you keep them outdoors, protect them from predators such as crows and cats. When breeding, please prepare the following tools at least.

Aquarium/Gauge

The best tank size is three times the length of the shell. Turtles are often kept in aquariums.

fish tank

land

Reeve’s turtles are aquatic turtles, but they sometimes come up on land, so the environment is also necessary.

Land

ultraviolet light

A basking light and UV light are required for indoor breeding. This is for sunbathing.

UV light

feed

It is recommended to use artificial food that is nutritionally balanced.

feed

shelter

If you keep it outdoors, you will need a shaded area such as a shelter.

shelter

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