Four Eyed Turtle (Sacalia quadriocellata) - 

Often confused with the Beal’s Eyed Turtle, which has 2 ocella without the black center.  These small turtles grow to about 5 inches long and are native to Southern China.  They live in small ponds and rivers and are adept at climbing rocks and banks.

The coloration of this turtle varies between individuals.  The neck stripes can go from pale yellow to pink to dark red.  The irises can be yellow, green or dark brown.  There is speculation that some males have interbred with other species to create hybrid species, but the designs are so similar that it is difficult to distinguish as its own species.  They feed on small invertebrates, aquatic plants and some fruits. 

Like many turtles, especially in Asia, it is endangered.  Over hunting and pet trade brings their population number down by a large percentage. Many of the turtles sold have health problems or mutations.  

Photos: (top) (bottom left) (bottom right) 

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