Big-headed Turtle Platysternon megacephalum (Gray, 1831)
IUCN Red List: Endangered
Protected by the Wild Animals Protection Ordinance (Cap. 170)
About the Species
While the species is facing threats on a global scale, little is known about this unique turtle. The Big-headed Turtle is a montane species which is native to China (including Hong Kong), Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Although its trade is regulated, there is a growing demand in some countries and the nature of the trade is likely to be illegal. Poaching is the main threat facing this species in Hong Kong.
Over the last decade it has become apparent among the international turtle experts that Hong Kong is now a significant remaining wild locality for the Big headed turtle which is now rare and even locally extinct throughout its natural range. KFBG is fortunate to be home to a globally significant population within our nature reserve. We have carried out and supported several studies for this species and consider the needs of the turtles wherever any activities are undertaken in our nature reserve which might affect their stream habitat. As our nature reserve serves as an important species refuge in Asia, KFBG continues to uphold the conservation of the species by protecting its habitat and supporting relevant research of the species.
The population on our hillside has also been part of a two-year study (PhD) by the University of Hong Kong.