reptilia

Big-headed Turtle (Platysternon megacephalum)

The sole member of the family Platysternidae, the big-headed turtle is a unique species of turtle which is occurs in Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. P. megacephalum is known for its large head, which it cannot bull back into its shell, it uses this massive head to crush snails and eat fish. 

Platysternon megacephalum is currently listed as endangered by the IUCN, as faces threats due to the fact that is is consumed for food in many Asian countries. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Reptilia-Testudines-Cryptodira-Platysternidae-Platysternon-P. megacephalum

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