Today begins Turtle Survival Alliance’s Turtle Month!For the next month, from today, April 22nd, to May 23rd, we are highlighting the 25 endangered species managed at our Turtle Survival Center, as well as the 8 native species that find refuge on our 51-acre property in South Carolina.
Today, meet the Yellow-margined Box Turtle (Cuora flavomarginata), a Critically Endangered species from China, Japan, and Taiwan.
Common name: Yellow-margined Box Turtle
Scientific name: Cuora flavomarginata
Countries of origin: China, Japan (Ryukyu Islands), Taiwan
Habitat: Tropical and subtropical moist evergreen forests and lowlands
Threats: Habitat destruction and collection for the pet, food, and medicinal trades
Wild Population: Decreasing; mainland Chinese populations are decreasing more rapidly than the populations on Taiwan and the Ryukyu Islands of Japan
Conservation: Captive breeding and assurance colonies; field surveys; protected in the wild in China; Japan, and Taiwan; CITES Appendix II
You can help us care for the Yellow-margined Box Turtles at our Turtle Survival Center by donating to our Turtle Month campaign today!