Due to frequently people will leave it at the temple and calls it as “Tow- Wat”. Its size is very different in each age range so people may get confused and often call its name wrong. When it’s young, its tortoiseshell is round like lotus’s leave which leads to the name as “Tow-Bua” and will change to be long-oval at the same time with dark turn to be black when it is adult so people call it as “Tow-Mor” because of its black tortoiseshell that looks like pot. When it is young, its head is green with yellow strip and expanded white spots then turns to be yellow when adult. Sometimes, it is found at marsh so calls it as “Tow-Biung-Hua-Leang”
It has been found at Central part of Thailand, Indochina and Malaysia Terrestrial, Freshwater (=Inland waters).
It likes to eat vegetable, fruit, worm and insect.
It prefers to live in creek downstream like swamp.
Endangered It is listed on CITES Appendix II.
CLASS : Reptilia
ORDER : Squamata
FAMILY : Geoemydidae
GENUS : Heosemys
SPECIES : Yellow-headed Temple Turtle (Hieremys annandalii)
Conservation status : Endangered
It lays around 4-6 eggs in each time.
It is a big turtle with 12 kilograms when adult.
Update : 11 April 2017