Big-headed Turtle Platysternon megacephalum

Big-headed Turtle
Big-headed Turtle
Big-headed Turtle
The head of the Big-headed Turtle is too big to withdraw into its shell so is covered in bony armour plating. They are native to mountain streams of China, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. They have huge jaws with beaks that break snail and crab shells. They also use their beaks, strong claws and tails to climb rocks and even trees. They are the only species in their genus (they are not closely related to the Madagascan Big-headed Turtle) and they are endangered. Like most Indochinese turtles/terrappins/tortoises, their main threat is human consumption.