Found only in Southern China and Northern Vietnam, this turtle is probably the best example of over collecting for the Chinese food market. A recent scientific expedition studying this species turned up only one male turtle, after several weeks of searching. Kwangtungs are virtually extinct in the wild; thankfully this species is bred by a few better breeders here in the US.
A highland species, Kwangtungs used to inhabit mountain streams, and juveniles greatly resemble their American counterparts - North American wood turtles . Gray to almost glossy black on top, they have brilliant orange to yellow belly patterns as hatchlings and juveniles - to help camouflage, these bright colors gradually fade as they become adults. Omnivorous, they take pellets, greens, worms, insects and fish.
Given that this is a species on the verge of extinction, (and already extinct in the wild) Kwangtungs are a very important species for conservation minded keepers to work with. Only because of the hard work of some better American breeders that this rare species is available in extremely limited quantities.
Got my little hatchling over a year ago and he is perfectly happy still! Grew quickly this first year and is quite active! Very gorgeous turtle! Great company to buy thru!
Received the little guy and it eats well and looks very healthy! Couldn't be happier will be getting another soon!