McCord’s box turtle

At the Detroit Zoo
The McCord’s box turtle can be found inside the Holden Reptile Conservation Center, located near the middle of the park.  There, visitors can learn about the 70 different species (and approximately 180 individuals) of reptiles at the Detroit Zoo, one-fifth of which are considered threatened or endangered in the wild.


This turtle has yellow skin with brown and black stripes along its head with a brownish shell. It is able to completely protect itself by bringing in its head and limbs.


Scientific name: Cuora mccordi
Continent: Asia
Habitat: Remote freshwater streams
Size: 5-7 inches
Weight: 1.5 pounds
Diet: Insects, plants
Reproduction: Relatively unknown because it is thought to be extinct in the wild.
Lifespan: Unknown
Conservation Status: Critically Endangered



It was first discovered in a Chinese market in 1988 being sold as food.