What it looks like: Annam leaf turtles have dark heads with three or four yellow stripes down the side, while their belly shell is either yellow or orange with black marks on each scute.
- Endemic to a small area in central Vietnam.
- The annam leaf turtle is in the world's top 25 most endangered turtles.
- Until recently, the annam leaf turtle had not been seen in the wild for 65 years.
- Little is known about this species’ behaviour in the wild due to its rarity.
- Tend to hide themselves in thick vegetation.
What they eat: Fruit, fish and invertebrates.
Habitat: Wetland areas.
Where they live: The annam leaf turtle is native to Vietnam.
Threats: Illegally hunted and traded for food and traditional medicine. They are also threatened due to habitat loss and modification.
ZSL's conservation work: We've supported the work of the Asian Turtle Programme, which aims to establish a safe and sustainable future for Asian turtles. One of which they focus on being the annam leaf turtle.