TSA: Turtle Tuesday! - Keeled Box Turtles

Did you know an easy way to tell endangered male keeled box turtles (Cuora mouhoti) from females? Just look into their eyes! Males of this species from SE Asia have black irises while females have orange or red eyes. During courtship, males can be quite aggressive. They will often chase the female, biting at her shell, legs and neck, sometimes even causing an injury. This courtship display usually results in the females laying one to five eggs between the months of June and September.

Read more here.

(via: Turtle Survival Alliance)

photos: TSA, Bill Hughes/Tennessee Aquarium, and The Asian Turtle Program

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