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Malayan Box Turtle

Cuora amboinensis

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Malayan Box Turtles are highly sought after in the food and medicinal markets in China.

Natural Location: Asia
Average Lifespan: 30 to 40 years
Estimated Size: 8" to 10"

Feeding & Water

Malayan Box Turtles are mostly carnivorous, however they will also eat some greens. You may find that if you have live plants in their enclosure that they will snack on them throughout the day. Common meat includes worms, fish and snails.

Be sure not to overfeed Malayan Box Turtles, especially when they are young. If you feed them too much their body can outgrow their shell and result in a potentially fatal situation.

Some sort of a calcium and Vitamin D3 supplement is recommended for Malayan Box Turtles which are housed indoors. If they are housed outdoors you most likely do not need to provide them with additional Vitamin D3, but the calcium supplement is still recommended.


Temperature, Lighting & Humidity

A water temperature in the 75 degrees F to 80 degrees F range is sufficient for Malayan Box Turtles. They enjoy basking throughout the day, and their basking spot should be approximately 90 degrees F.

A full-spectrum fluorescent bulb should be used in the enclosure to provide enough UVB light for your turtle.



Malayan Box Turtles spend most of their time in the water. They do however come out frequently to eat and walk around. When they are young you should not have water which is any more than about 2 inches deep. This will allow the juvenile malayan box turtle to keep its feet on the ground while still being able to breathe above water.

It is important to provide your Malayan Box Turtle with a dry basking area under a heatlamp. Aquatic turtles must be able to dry themselves off after being in the water, or serious diseases can occur.

If housing Malayan Box Turtles outdoors in non-tropical areas beware that they do not hibernate. You will need to either bring them in during the winter or ensure that they have a warm place to stay.


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