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Growing no longer than four inches, the black-breasted leaf turtle is one of the world’s smallest turtles. This primarily terrestrial turtle blends in with leaf litter on the forest floor. Like a chameleon, it can move its eyes independently, which presumably provides an advantage when pursuing prey.

black breasted leaf turtle in habitat

Did You Know?

The turtles’ feet are partially webbed and their large eyes stick out in an unusual way, giving an alert and curious expression.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Geoemyda spengleri

China and Vietnam

Mountain forest

More than 20 yrs

Zoo Location:
World of the Insect

Invertebrates and fruit