The endangered Malaysian giant turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in Southeast Asia.
It has a powerful head and strong jaw, with a slightly projecting snout. The head of the adult is uniformly brown or black, whereas the juvenile is dark mottled with a pale line extending from the mouth to the back of the head.
Little is known about the ecology and behaviour of the Malaysian giant turtle, it is broadly omnivorous eating mainly leaves and fruit along the water’s edge.
The Malaysian giant turtle is semi-aquatic, living in large freshwater lakes, swamps and rivers.
This turtle is classified as Endangered in the wild, threatened by hunting and habitat destruction.
Malaysian giant turtles are a EAZA European Studbook species (ESB), and Bristol Zoo works hard together with other European zoos to continue the population of Malaysian giant turtles in human care.
The Malaysian giant turtle is hunted for meat, the pet market and for use in the Chinese medicinal trade. Its habitat is being destroyed in a large scale conversion of forests to palm oil plantations.
You can find our Malaysian giant turtle in the Reptile House, near Twilight World and the Aquarium
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