The Yellow-headed Temple Turtle is a native to Southeast Asia and it is large a herbivore in which its name has been given as it is always found near Buddhist temples. Temples in Thailand are often built with ponds or near by bodies of water if not on vantage points like hills and mountains. This Turtle is aquatic and grows 20 inches in size and can live for 35 years in captivity. This turtle is Endangered and Khao Yai National Park is haven for such a lovely creature.
Finding this creature in Khao Yai National Park was a real joy as this Turtle was resting on a log sticking out of the water. The national park can really support this Turtle to stay alive as long as it could. It can also be found in Myanmar, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Cambodia. I wish we can all work together in helping endangered species bring back and protect important habitats for their survival.
Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
November 20, 2017
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR