Malaysian giant turtle

Orlitia borneensis
Malaysian giant turtles One of our heaviest fresh water turtles
Type reptile
Size 80cm
Weight 10-50kg
Diet ominvore
  • Summary

    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.

  • Dietary

    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.

  • Habitat

    The Malaysian giant turtle is semi-aquatic, living in large freshwater lakes, swamps and rivers.

    Animal Habitat Range
  • Conservation

    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.

    IUCN Red List species link

  • Did you know...

    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.

  • Where to find us at Bristol Zoo

    You can find our Malaysian giant turtle in the Reptile House, near Twilight World and the Aquarium

    Bristol Zoo Gardens Map

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