Species Details


Asian Leaf Turtle Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Cyclemys gemeli
Family : Geoemydidae
Order : Testudines
Class : Reptilia
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Forests streams and river, ponds and lakes close to the forest.
Description : Adult Asian Leaf Turtles can grow up to 8 to 10 inches (20 to 25 cm) in length, with females being slightly larger than males.

The Asian Leaf Turtle has a flat, oval-shaped shell that is brown or olive-green in color. The shell is covered with numerous ridges, making it appear rough. The head and limbs are also brown or olive-green, with yellow stripes or spots. They have a long tail, which is almost the same length as their shell.

They are omnivores, feeding on a variety of plant matter, insects, crustaceans, and small fish.

Asian Leaf Turtles are primarily aquatic and can be found in rivers, ponds, and swamps. They are known to bask on rocks or logs and are most active during the day. They are relatively docile and make good pets.

Females lay clutches of up to 5 eggs, which they bury in soil or sand. Incubation takes around 60 to 70 days, and the hatchlings emerge fully formed and able to fend for themselves.

The Asian Leaf Turtle is listed as Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to habitat loss, overhunting for the pet trade, and other human activities.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by: Durjoy Raha Antu,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka; information source:Khan 2018 (Photographic guide to the wildlife of Bangladesh). photo credit:Brian(www.inaturalist.org/people/Brian), photo copyright: iNaturalist. more information please contact with us.