Japanese Pond TurtleMauremys japonica
Class: Reptilia Order: Testudines Family: Geomy
Length: 5-7 in
Aquatic vegetation, small vertebrates, and worms
Habitat & Range
Rivers, streams and marshes in Japan
- 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.
These turtles are at risk because of habitat loss and competition with invasive species.