Education for Nature ? Vietnam (ENV)
Source: Vietnam Net Website Date: April 26th 2005

Two Rare and Precious Turtles Listed in the Red Data Book Discovered in Lao Cai Province

A couple of big-headed turtle Platysternon megacephalum which are rare and precious and are listed in the Red Data Book of Vietnam were caught from a stream in the core area (at the height of over 1,600 m) of Hoang Lien Son National Park, Lao Cai Province, by some people living in the park.

These turtles are golden-brown, and have golden plastrons. One of the turtles is 27.5 cm long, has a 9 x 12.5 cm shell. It has a big head and a 6 x 3.5 cm beak, and a 12.5 centimeter-long tail. The other turtle has a 28-centimeter long body with a 10 x 13 cm shell. Its head was 6 x 3.5 cm and its tail was 13 cm long.

At present, the big-headed turtle is critically endangered, and there are a few individuals left being cared for at the Turtle Rescue Center at Cuc Phuong National Park.

Please note: Translated by Education for Nature ? Vietnam. This translation is unofficial in nature. The Vietnamese language version of this story can be obtained by contacting ENV