Four Eyed Turtle
Sacalia quadriocellata ON EXHIBIT:
Rivers of the World and Turtle Gallery in River Journey
Despite the name, these turtles do not have four eyes. Instead, both males and females have eye spots or ocelli on the tops of their heads. These markings are different for males and females. This species is part of the Tennessee Aquarium’s Asian Turtle Breeding Program and has successfully reproduced here.
IUCN: Endangered. Raised conservation awareness and more effective law enforcement is required if the four-eyed turtle, and other freshwater turtles, are to survive.
Fan Photo Photo by Todd Stailey
About This Animal
SIZE: 5.6 in (14.3 cm)
RANGE: Southern China from Fujian to eastern Guangdong Province.
HABITAT: Freshwater streams, brooks, and ponds in woodland, often mountainous habitats.
DIET: In the wild, they feed upon carrion, snails, beetle larvae, earthworms, water plants and fruits.