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Reptiles of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Asian leaf turtle

Binomial name: Cyclemys dentata, John Edward Gray, 1831

The Asian leaf turtle Cyclemys dentata is a species of turtle found in Southeast Asia. They are quite common in the pet trade with its carapace resembling that of a Cuora amboinensis hybrid.


It is an omnivorous species that will feed upon anything from vegetation, fish, insects, worms and even scavenge on carcass.


It is known that Asian Leaf Turtle will squirt their digestive system contents when feel threatened.


Asian leaf turtles can grow 6 to 9.5 inches (15 to 24 cm) long and 4.5 to 6.5 inches in width.


The turtle can be found in North India, Bangladesh, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, West Malaysia, Indonesia (Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Bali), Philippines (Palawan: Calamian Islands etc.), and China.

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Scientific classification

Cyclemys dentata

Common names

  • German: Dornrandschildkröte
  • English:
    • Asian eaf turtle
    • Brown stream terrapin


  • Cyclemys entate sic, Zhou & Li (2007)
  • Cyclemys dentate, Zhou (2006)
  • Cyclemys dentata, Merel J. Cox et al. (1998)
  • Cyclemys dentata, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
  • Cyclemys dentata dentata, Franck Bonin, Bernard Devaux & Alain Dupre (1996)
  • Cyclemys dentata, Ye Xiangkui (1994)
  • Cyclemys ovala, Edward Harrison Taylor (1970)
  • Cyclemis dentata, Goode (1967)
  • Cistudo diardi, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1931)
  • Cyclemys belli, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1931)
  • Cyclemys dhor, George Albert Boulenger (1889)
  • Cyclemys dhor, John Edward Gray (1873)
  • Cyclemys dhor, John Edward Gray (1870)
  • Cistudo orbiculata, Christian Gottfried Andreas Giebel (1866)
  • Cyclemys orbiculata, John Edward Gray (1864)
  • Cyclemys ovata, John Edward Gray (1864)
  • Cyclemys ovata, John Edward Gray (1863)
  • Cyclemys bellii, John Edward Gray (1863)
  • Cistudo dentata, John Edward Gray (1857)
  • Cyclemys dentata, John Edward Gray (1856)
  • Cistudo diardii, André Marie Constant Duméril & Gabriel Bibron (1854)
  • Emys diardii, Hermann Schlegel (1849)
  • Cistudo (Cyclemys) dentata, John Edward Gray (1844)
  • Cistudo diardii, André Marie Constant Duméril & Gabriel Bibron (1835)
  • Clemmys (Clemmys) hasseltii, Friedrich Boie (1835)
  • Cyclemys orbiculata, Thomas Bell (1834)
  • Emys dhor, John Edward Gray (1831)
  • Emys dentata, John Edward Gray (1831)
  • Emys hasselti, Friedrich Boie (1831)
  • Emys hasseltii, Friedrich Boie (1826)
Distribution map of Asian leaf turtle, Cyclemys dentata in Thailand

Range map of Cyclemys dentata in Thailand

Important note; our range maps are based on limited data we have collected. The data is not necessarily accurate or complete.

Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.

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