Beal’s Eyed Turtle
About This Animal
RANGE: southern China, northern Vietnam
HABITAT: Freshwater streams
DIET: Omnivorous. Freshwater invertebrates, small fish and occasional fruits and berries
ON EXHIBIT: Chinese Mountain Stream in the Rivers of the World gallery
Closely related to the four-eyed turtle (Sacalia quadriocellata), Beal’s four-eyed turtles have four eye spots on the tops of their heads. Males and females have different spots. These turtles lay one small clutch of 1-5 eggs per year in early spring.
Conservation Status: Critically Endangered per the IUCN Red List. Threats include habitat loss and over-collection.
Our Impact: The Tennessee Aquarium is the only AZA institution breeding this species. More than a dozen have hatched here since 2007.