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Endangered Asian Turtle Species Under Control starting from 1st June 2004

Many species such as some freshwater turtles have been newly listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna & Flora (CITES). The control of these species under the Animals and Plants (Protection of Endangered Species) Ordinance, Cap.187, will take effect from 1st June 2004.

A licence is required to possess the 15 species/genus of asian freshwater turtles starting from 1st Jun 2004 which have been newly listed under the Animals and Plants (Protection of Endangered Species) Ordinance, Cap.187. Commencing from 1st June 2004. Below is the list of the species:

Scientific Name

Common Name

CITES Appendix

Common in market

Annamemys annamensis

Annam Leaf Turtle, Vietnamese Leaf Turtle


Chitra spp.

Narrow-headed Softshell Turtles

II *

Heosemys depressa

Arakan Forest Turtle, Crowned River Turtle


Heosemys grandis

Giant Asian Pond Turtle
Orange-headed Temple Turtle


Heosemys leytensis

Leyte Pond Turtle, Leyte Freshwater Turtle, Philippine Forest Turtle


Heosemys spinosa

Spiny Turtle, Spiny Hill Turtle

II *

Hieremys annandalii

Yellow-headed Temple Turtle, Temple Turtle


Kachuga spp.

Roofed Turtles



Leucocephalon yuwonoi

Sulawesi Forest Turtle


Mauremys mutica

Yellow Pond Turtle

II *

Orlitia borneensis

Malaysian Giant Turtle, Asian Giant Turtle, Orlitia Turtle

II *

Pelochelys spp.

Giant Softshell Turtles


Platysternon megacephalum

Big-headed Turtle

II *

Pyxidea mouhotii

Keeled Box Turtle, Keel-backed Terrapin

II *

Siebenrockiella crassicollis

Black Marsh Turtle


* information from AFCD


A grace period for possession will be given until 31st Aug 2004. Owners must submit application for Licence to Possess for the newly listed turtles now possessed (for both commercial/non- commercial purposes) before the grace period ends.


* If you are not sure if your turtle's species is controlled, feel free to send us photos of it for species identification. Email:


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