Cuora cyclornata

Cuora cyclornata

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Cuora cyclornata

The Vietnamese three-striped box turtle or green rice turtle is a species of the Southeast Asian genus Cuora . It is distributed from the extreme southern part of the Chinese Guangxi province southwards to central Vietnam and central Laos. This species reaches up to 30 cm straight carapace length and is thus the largest Cuora species. Due to demand of traditional Chinese medicine, this species is nearly extinct in the wild, but is readily bred on Chinese turtle farms. Extremely high prices are paid for this species in China. It can be distinguished from Cuora trifasciata by its larger size and generally more oval or rounder shell, which is usually also flatter, a white, pink, or orange chin, and head coloration with an orange-brownish-olive dorsal head pattern and less black pigment.

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1. Cuora cyclornata Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuora_cyclornata

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