Japanese Pond Turtle

Mauremys japonica

Class: Reptilia Order: Testudines Family: Geomy


Length: 5-7 in


20-40 years


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


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