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 Classification Natural Monument   453
 Name of Cultural
Korean Terrapin (Geoclemys reevesii)
 Kind of Cultural
 Designated Date 2005.03.17
 Address   Nation Wide  etc.
 Description "The Korean terrapin (Geoclemys reevesii Gray) is a turtle that inhabits unpolluted mountain streams and is found in Korea, Japan, China, and Taiwan.

The carapace is brown, measuring 20-25cm long and shaped like an elongated oval.

The edges are smooth with a yellowish-green band around the edges and a faint black pattern, which is unusual.

There is a low ridge down the back, which is covered in small black scales with uneven vertical lines at the ends of the sides.

The four limbs are covered in wide scales.

The turtle lives in freshwater and is omnivorous, eating fish, crustacea, and aquatic plants.

Between June and August it digs a hole in the sand and lays 5-15 eggs.

This turtle often appeared in old folk paintings, as it was once a very common reptile in rivers around the country.

Numbers, however, are dropping rapidly due to pollution and modification of river habitats, collection of aggregate from rivers, diminishing of forests, and spread of foreign species (ie.

red-eared slider).

In addition, the number has dropped further through uncontrolled hunting of the turtles for use in folk remedies and herbal medicine.

The turtles are said to be good for nutrition, strength and vitality."