Reeve’s Turtle

Chinemys reevesiiReeve's Turtle

Description: It is one of the smaller turtles available; most animals only grow to about 5 inches in length. Coloration of the Reeve’s turtle varies widely from individual to individual. The shell can range from a yellowish-brown to a dark brown or black shade, while the skin can range from an olive or grey-green shade to black.

Range: China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong

Habitat: It usually lives in ponds, streams and canals that are relatively shallow and have muddy or sandy bottoms.

Reproduction: Males may attempt to attract a female by following her, biting her legs or neck, or poking her with his head. After breeding, the female may lay her eggs in a shallow pit of moist dirt or sand. It is relatively easy to sex this species of turtle. Males have bumps on the base of the tail that are absent in females, making it possible to differentiate the gender of juveniles.

Diet: In the wild the Reeve’s Turtles are omnivores and will eat a variety of insects, amphibians, fish and plant matter.

Fun Fact: Melanism is common amongst older males. As they grow, their colors fade, leaving an almost entirely black turtle.