world's rarest turtle, the Yangtze giant softshell

World's Largest Freshwater Turtle Nearly Extinct. A Yangtze giant softshell turtle—one of the last four known—gets a checkup in Hanoi, Vietnam, in

Yangtze giant softshell turtle R. swinhoei of Dong Mo, Son Tay, Vietnam Conservation status  Critically Endangered (IUCN 2.3)[1]

Yangtze giant softshell turtle R. swinhoei of Dong Mo, Son Tay, Vietnam Conservation status Critically Endangered (IUCN

The Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) or Red River giant softshell turtle is an extremely rare species of softshell turtle found in Vietnam & China. It can weigh nearly 300 lbs, w a shell that’s nearly 40" long.  But thanks to hunting & habitat destruction, the turtle has already been all but wiped out in the wild. There are now just four individuals (1 male) remaining in the world—all of them in zoos.  Attempts to breed them have been unsuccessful.

Red River Giant Softshell Turtle - There are only 4 left and all of them live in captivity.

The Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle Just Got 25 Percent Closer to Extinction - Scientific American Blog Network

The Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle Just Got 25 Percent Closer to Extinction

yangtze giant softshell turtle

Scientists Try to Impregnate Last Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle Known to Exist

Yangtze giant softshell turtle

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Yangtze giant softshell turtle

Yangtze giant softshell turtle

Famous Giant Turtle Dies—Only Three Left on Earth The death of Cu Rua, long revered in Vietnam, brings the critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle one step closer to extinction.

Famous Giant Turtle Dies—Only Three Left on Earth The death of Cu Rua, long revered in Vietnam, brings the critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle one step closer to extinction.

Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle - Rafetus swinhoei

Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle - Rafetus swinhoei

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