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Eurasian Pond and River Turtles and Neotropical Wood Turtles: Geoemydidae

Conservation Status

According to the World Conservation Union (IUCN) eleven species are Vulnerable, meaning that there is a high risk that they will become extinct in the wild. Eighteen species are Endangered, or facing a very high risk of extinction, and thirteen are Critically Endangered, or facing an extremely high risk of extinction. One species is Extinct; there is no longer any living turtle in the species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service describes the Indian sawback turtle and river terrapin as Endangered. Turtle declines can be traced to too much collecting and to loss of their habitat. Efforts are under way to breed some of the most threatened species in captivity to increase their numbers.

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Animal Life ResourceDinosaurs, Snakes, and Other ReptilesEurasian Pond and River Turtles and Neotropical Wood Turtles: Geoemydidae - Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, Conservation Status, Yellow-margined Box Turtle (cistoclemmys Flavomarginata): Species Account - GEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DI