Species: M. reevesii
Binomial name: Mauremys reevesii
The Chinese three keeled pond turtle or the Reeves turtles are one among the endangered variety of Asia, because the Chinese collect a lot of them and market them as Chinese food products. In the 1970’s, and earlier, these very same tiny turtles with sharp features, were famous in the pet trade. Gracefully many US keepers breed them as pets, even today.
The Reeves turtle is rectangular in shape and most of these turtles attain a length of 5”. Along the length of the carapace from head to the tail of the Reeve’s turtles you will find three ridges or keels. The color of the Reeve’s Turtles differs to a great extent from turtle to turtle. The carapace has three firm ridges, its sides are parallel and reasonably dome-shaped. The scutes of the carapace are generally brown in color. The plastron covers the entire abdomen, it is usually yellow and blotched brown.
Reeve’s Turtles are “semi-aquatic”. Just as the Central American Wood Turtles, when in the wild these turtles are likely to spend a great amount of their time on land. Even though the hatchlings are most of the time in water, they come out of the water mainly to bask. While advancing in age, they tend to prefer the land, still they do not leave the water habitat.