Japanese Pond Turtle

Mauremys japonica

Class: Reptilia Order: Testudines Family: Geomy

Size

Length: 5-7 in

Lifespan

20-40 years

Diet

Aquatic vegetation, small vertebrates, and worms

Habitat & Range

Rivers, streams and marshes in Japan

Interesting Facts

  • This turtle is native to Japan where it is known as nihon ishigame which translates to “Japanese stone turtle”.
  • Turtles are considered a symbol of good fortune and long life in Japan due to its longevity. Many temple, shrines, and parks keep turtles in their ponds.
  • Females tend to be larger than males, but males have longer tails.

Conservation Status

Near Threatened

Threats

These turtles are at risk because of habitat loss and competition with invasive species.