Animal Encounters

Fun Animal Encounters

From a hairy tarantula to a talking African gray parrot, you never know what you’ll bump into in Ranger Rick's Backyard Safari at the Tennessee Aquarium!

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Black Breasted Leaf Turtle

Geoemyda spengleri

ON EXHIBIT:  Rivers of the World in River Journey

Black-breasted leaf turtle

FUN FACTS
Black-breasted leaf turtles lay clutches of one to two eggs at a time.  The eggs take slightly more than two months to hatch.  Black-breasted leaf turtles prefer cool temperatures and low light levels.  This species is part of the Tennessee Aquarium’s Asian Turtle Breeding Program and has successfully reproduced here.

CONSERVATION
Like most Asian turtle species, the black-breasted leaf turtle is in grave danger of extinction due to over-collection from the wild for the food, medicine and pet trade. 


Fan Photo

black breasted leaf turtle - heosemys
Photo by Bill Hughes

About This Animal

SIZE: 5.5 in (14 cm)

RANGE: Southern China and North Vietnam

HABITAT: Woodlands and forests near limestone streams

DIET: Snails, worms, small insects and crustaceans