Turtles (Reptiles)

Chinese Box Turtles
Chinese Box Turtles (Cuora flavomarginata)
On Labor Day Weekend - September 6, 2011, Erik’s Reptile Edventures had a blessed event! After 85 days of incubation, 5 of Erik’s Chinese Box Turtles (Cuora flavomarginata), finally hatched!

Cuora flavomarginata is an Asian species of turtle that is currently listed as an endangered species due to habitat loss. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list of endangered species, the China population is probably critically endangered.

In China and Taiwan combined, the species was considered Endangered (Zhao 1998, in China Red Data Book).
Chinese Box Turtles
Chinese Box Turtles (Cuora flavomarginata)
These Chinese Box Turtles live in forested areas of China and also in protected areas of Japan, but unfortunately as the human population grows, many of the areas where they live are outside the boundaries of the protected areas, and have been deforested for Agriculture and human habitation.

The Taiwanese Population of Cuora flavomarginata, has declined in recent years due to expansion of agricultural lands. ( VUA1c) International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list of endangered species
Erik & Chinese Box Turtles
Erik with Chinese Box Turtles (Cuora flavomarginata)
It is very important that zoos and private breeders continue to maintain genetically diverse captive populations in hopes to restore lost habitat, and open the possibility of reintroducing extirpated populations back to their native land.

Erik has successfully bred this species of Chinese Box Turtles for the past 8 years and the offspring have been given to private breeders as stock populations.

(See these Chinese Box Turtle hatchlings Live on the Live Streaming Video Page of our website)
African Spur Thighed Tortoise
Dozer - African Spur Thighed Tortoise (Geochelone sulcata)
Hi my name is Dozer and I'm an African Spur Thighed Tortoise (Geochelone sulcata) from Africa.

My species is native to and can be found in the scrublands of Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan.

Erik's fostering me for the next two years until my owner Josh comes back form Veterinary School. I'll be 10 x my size by then! I'll enjoy living with Erik until because he feeds me lots of the veggies that I love to eat!

We are currently bringing Dozer, our 5yr old 25 lb tortoise, to our programs to share why these tortoises aren't a good choice for a pet.
Mata Mata Turtle
Mimi - Mata Mata Turtle (Cheylus Frimbriatus)
Hi I'm Mimi and I'm a Mata Mata Turtle (Cheylus Frimbriatus) from the Amazon river in South America! I look very different from other turtles because I have a flat head and a long nose, but it's to my advantage because most fish can't see me because I'm a master of camouflage and fish are my favorite food! Erik adopted me four years ago.
Mata Mata Turtle
Mimi - Mata Mata Turtle (Cheylus Frimbriatus)
This is another photo of me, Mimi the Mata Mata Turtle (Cheylus Frimbriatus).

My natural habitat includes the lowland tropical rivers of Northern South America Countries including Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, and Peru.

We, Erik's Reptile Edventures, plans to visit the Amazon in spring of 2012 and hope to observe this species in the wild. This will allow us to improve the Mata Mata Turtle's captive setting.
Gopher Tortoise
Poly - Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus)
Hi my name is Poly and I'm a Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus)! I've been living with Erik for two years! He adopted me from a family who had me for more than 35 years! I used to hide in my shell alot but I'm not shy anymore and I enjoy meeting people at programs especially when they feed me Grass!

My species is currently listed as vulnerable on the IUCN red list. My natural habitats are terrestrial grassy areas on the forest edges of the South Eastern USA.

With the current status as it is we currently plan to look after Poly and use her as an education animal. We are currently looking into possible breeding projects that Poly may participate in.
Big Headed Turtle
Biggie - Big Headed Turtle (Platysternon megacephalum)
Hi I'm Biggie and I'm a Big Headed Turtle (Platysternon megacephalum) from China! I was donated to Erik last year to help assist with a special project to help our cousins in the mountain streams of China! I really enjoy living with Erik and hope our special project goes well!
Alligator Snapping Turtle
Groucho - Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii)
Hi my name is Groucho and I'm an Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii). I come from the swamps of Louisiana! Erik adopted me three years ago. I enjoy eating all kinds of things including fish and mice. I also have a worm like tongue so I can go fishing! Im ten pounds now but I eat lots of fish and eventually will grow to be more than 200 pounds!