10 Rarest Turtles in the World

By: Jai
Published On: 04 Dec, 2023
Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei): Found in China and Vietnam, this critically endangered species is one of the rarest turtles globally.
Madagascan Big-headed Turtle (Erymnochelys madagascariensis): Endemic to Madagascar, this turtle species faces threats from habitat destruction and is listed as critically endangered.
Ploughshare Tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora): Native to Madagascar, the ploughshare tortoise is critically endangered due to habitat loss and illegal pet trade.
Radiated Tortoise (Astrochelys radiata): Also from Madagascar, the radiated tortoise is critically endangered, primarily due to habitat destruction and the illegal pet trade.
McCord's Box Turtle (Cuora mccordi): Found in China and Vietnam, this critically endangered box turtle is heavily impacted by habitat loss and the illegal wildlife trade.
Philippine Forest Turtle (Siebenrockiella leytensis): This critically endangered turtle species is found in the Philippines, facing threats from habitat destruction and illegal collection.
Javan Batagur (Orlitia borneensis): Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, this critically endangered river turtle is threatened by habitat loss, pollution, and collection for the pet trade.
Southern River Terrapin (Batagur affinis): Found in Southeast Asia, this species is critically endangered due to habitat destruction, egg collection, and hunting.
Painted Batagur (Batagur borneoensis): Also known as the painted terrapin, this critically endangered species is found in Southeast Asia and faces threats from habitat loss and collection.
Roti Island Snake-necked Turtle (Chelodina mccordi): Endemic to Indonesia, particularly Roti Island, this species is critically endangered due to habitat degradation and the pet trade.
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