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Reeves' Turtle (Chinemys reevesii)
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 Description The Reeves' Turtle (Chinemys reevesii) inhabits unpolluted mountain streams and is found in Korea, Japan, China, and Taiwan.

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

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

Down the back is a low ridge 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.

It 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 was often featured in old folk paintings since it was once a very common reptile in rivers around the country.

Numbers, however, are rapidly dwindling due to pollution and modification of river habitats, collection of aggregate from rivers, diminishing of forests, and spread of foreign species (i.e., red-eared slider).

The number has dropped further due to the uncontrolled hunting of turtles for use in folk remedies and herbal medicine.

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