E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Wildlife of British Columbia

Chinemys reevesi (Gray, 1831)
Asiatic Turtle; Chinese Three-Keeled Pond Turtle; Reeve's Turtle
Family: Emydidae

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The Asiatic Turtle, or Reeves Turtle, is an introduced semi-aquatic species in British Columbia. There is a single published record of this species in the province, from McCoy Lake near Port Albernia and, although there are no recent records, it is possible that a population may persist on Vancouver Island because the region is climatically similar to the species native climate (Matsuda et al. 2006). Asiatic Turtles have been collected in the US, in California and Massachusetts (Fuller and Foster 2011).

The Asiatic Turtle is native to temperate regions of China and Japan, where it may be found in marshes, shallow ponds, streams and canals with muddy or sandy bottoms (Wikipedia 2011) It is a smaller species than our native Painted Turtle, or the introduced Red-eared Slider (Kirkpatrick 2011). Matsuda et al. (2006) provide the following species description: "This small aquatic species has a carapace length rarely exceeding 100 mm. The carapace, head, limbs and tail are brownish, with light markings on the head; the plastron [the flat part of the shell on the ventral side] is yellow with dark spots. The carapace has three longitudinal keels." The tail on this species is long, and in Japan it may grow up to 14 inches in length (Fuller and Foster 2011).

This species is raised in turtle farms in China (Wikipedia 2011), and is commonly found in pet stores (Kirkpatrick 2011).

Status Information

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Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2019. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2020-06-03 10:19:38 AM]
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