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Turtles and tortoises 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; their carapaces resemble that of a Cuora amboinensis hybrid.

Feeding

It is an omnivorous species that will feed upon vegetation, fish, insects, worms, and carrion.

Behavior

The Asian leaf turtle will squirt its digestive system contents when it feels threatened.

Size

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

Distribution

The turtle can be found in North India, North-east India (Manipur), 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

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Testudines
Family
Geoemydidae
Genus
Cyclemys
Species
Cyclemys dentata

Common names

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

Synonyms

  • 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)
  • Cyclemys belli, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1931)
  • Cistudo diardi, 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 ovata, John Edward Gray (1864)
  • Cyclemys orbiculata, John Edward Gray (1864)
  • Cyclemys bellii, John Edward Gray (1863)
  • Cyclemys ovata, 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)
  • Clemmys (Clemmys) hasseltii, Friedrich Boie (1835)
  • Cistudo diardii, André Marie Constant Duméril & Gabriel Bibron (1835)
  • Cyclemys orbiculata, Thomas Bell (1834)
  • Emys hasselti, Friedrich Boie (1831)
  • Emys dentata, John Edward Gray (1831)
  • Emys dhor, John Edward Gray (1831)
  • Emys hasseltii, Friedrich Boie (1826)

Range Map

Distribution map of Asian leaf turtle, Cyclemys dentata in Thailand
Range map of Cyclemys dentata in Thailand