(Last Updated on : 10-02-2016)
Amboina Box Turtle is an Indian Reptile
that bears a scientific name "Cuora amboinensis
" or Southeast Asian Box Turtle and is a species of Asian Box Turtle.
Concentration of Amboina Box Turtle
Amboina Box Turtle is found in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
, eastern part of Indian states like West Bengal
, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Central and southern Vietnam, west Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia (Sulawesi, Ambon Island, Sumatra, Borneo, East Malaysia, Brunei, Nias, Enggano, Simeulue, Java, Sumbawa, Halmahera, Ceram, Seram, Buru, East Timor, Bali, Palawan and Maluku), and possibly China and Srilanka.
Structure of Amboina Box Turtle
Amboina Box Turtle have blackish-brown to olive brown coloured shells that are not as ornate as many other Box Turtles. All have a blackish olive head with three yellow stripes on the side.
Sexes of Amboina Box Turtle
The male Amboina Box Turtle can be identified by the slightly concave shape to its plastron. There is no specific pattern to what the underbellies may look like, for either sex. The only true way of telling age is to guess by the texture of the shell, as growth rings form irregularly.
Category of Amboina Box Turtle
There are four subspecies of Amboina Box Turtle that are primarily differentiated by differences in the colour and shape of the carapace. Cuora Amboinensis Amboinensis found in the Ambon Island, Sulawesi, the Moluccas, Buru, Seram, and East Timor and smaller islands in the region. The plastron has bigger black spots coloration, and possesses a bigger head. Well adapted for an aquatic lifestyle. Cuora amboinensis
kamaroma, Malayan Box Turtle or domed Malayan Box Turtle, Mainland Indochina (South and Central Vietnam, southern Laos and Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore and mainland Malaysia and Borneo are the main species of Amboina Box Turtle.
Carapace of Amboina Box Turtle
Amboina Box Turtle is highly domed carapace and smaller, more elongated and less spotting of black pigments in the plastron. It has smaller and shorter tail compared to other subspecies and do not have any flare in the marginal scutes. The average ratio of carapace length and height is 2.82. The average ratio dimensions of plastron spots: 2.14 (small and elongated).