This film takes you on a journey through Thailand where we search for turtles and tortoises in pagoda ponds, museums, wildlife markets, and the field.

From Bangkok's notorious Chatuchak market to a “Tortoise Village” in central Thailand, we take you to a number of unique locations for seeing turtles and tortoises. The primary focus of the trip was to study Manouria impressa.

We document many of Thailand's native species, including Heosemys annandalii, Heosemys grandis, Heosemys spinosa, Cyclemys dentata, Malayemys subtrijuga, Platysternon megacephalum, Batagur baska, Batagur borneoensis, Cuora amboinensis, Siebenrockiella crassicollis, Amyda cartilaginea, Dogania subplana, Chitra chitra, Pelochelys cantorii, Notochelys platynota, Indotestudo elongata, Manouria emys, Manouria impressa, and Pelodiscus sinensis a species that was introduced centuries ago. In the forests of northeastern Thailand we tracked Manouria impressa and studied the natural history of this cryptic species. In this video, the captive husbandry techniques of the Behler Chelonian Center are compared to the conditions in the wild.

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