Mauremys reevesii (Gray, 1831)
|Other name||Chinese Three-keeled Pond Turtle|
|Chinese name||金龜, 草龜, 泥龜|
|Carapace length||Average 12.5cm.|
|Description||Dark brown terrapin. Carapace with three distinct longitudinal keels.
Plastron yellowish brown, not hinged. with black blotch on each scute.
Head dark grey or black. Yellow stripes on the neck, breaking up into blotches on the side of the head.
A completely black melanistic form has no yellow stripes or other patterns.
Inhabits reservoirs, ponds, rivers and slow-flowing streams.
|Behaviour||Both nocturnal and diurnal.|
|Diet||Fish, frog, snail and invertebrate. accepts carrion; also feed on plant, especially pond weed Hydrilla.|
Pairing takes place in spring (late-April), usually at night; Egg-laying in summer.
Found in most reservoirs in Hong Kong.
|Conservation Status||Threatened by invasive species.
IUCN Redlist: EN (Endangered)
China Redlist: Conservation Dependent