A 2011 report by Turtle Survival Alliance, which counts the Philippine Forest Turtle among the 25 most endangered turtle species in the world, said specimens are still exported in "significant numbers" and for "exorbitant prices" despite a ban on their trade.

The Arakan forest turtle (Heosemys depressa) is a critically endangered turtle species native to the Arakan Hills in western Myanmar and the bordering Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh. It is classified as critically endangered by the IUCN (IUCN 2003).

#5:PHILIPPINE FOREST TURTLE This turtle may have gotten a misnomer as it is totally not endemic to the island of Leyte but only in the Palawan island group. "In some creeks where the Philippine forest turtle used be abundant, it is now very difficult to find it, if not impossible," Fidenci says.

Philippine Forest Turtle Project: CRISIS The Philippine forest turtle (Heosemys leytensis) is one of the most endangered turtle species in the world.

The Arakan forest turtle is a semiterrestrial turtle, meaning it can survive in aquatic as well as terrestrial habitats, but as adults, they prefer living in terrestrial habitats. The Philippine forest turtle is included in Appendix II of the CITES convention (CITES 2002). According to current data…

Why the decline? CRISIShe Philippine forest turtle (Heosemys leytensis) is one of the most endangered turtle species in the world. It is classified as critically endangered by the IUCN (IUCN 2003). The Philippine forest turtle is included in Appendix II of the CITES convention (CITES 2002). Also, a line which is colored pale white to yellow traverses across its head behind the ears. You can easily distinguish this land turtle by its ginkgo-shaped vertebral scutes (at its back).