Madagascar Big-headed Turtle

The Madagascar Big-headed Turtle inhabits permanent slow moving rivers and lakes in Western Madagascar. It is listed as the thirteenth most endangered turtle in the world.

These turtles are disappearing due to loss of habitat from land development and over fishing due to the fact that they easily get caught by nets, fish traps and fishing lines. Also they are commonly eaten for food by the people of Madagascar.

Although these turtles are commonly shipped to Asia for medicinal demand, they have been banned for international trade elsewhere. A captive breeding program has been introduced to help bring numbers of the turtle population back up.