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Box Turtle Chinese history

The Chinese Box Turtle was first described in 1863 by John Edward Gray. The Taxonomy of the species has been debated since that time. Gray placed the species in the Cistoclemmys family. In the early 1900s, researchers reassigned it to the genus Cyclemys, and then in the 1930s moved it to Cuora. As recently as 1983, Ren Hirayama and Roger Bour have suggested the morphological evidence places the Chinese Box Turtle in a separate genus from Cuora. This suggestion has received both good and bad responses, but has never been disproved and today the most common scientific name for the Chinese Box Turtle is Cistoclemmys flavomarginata. The Chinese Box Turtle is being threatened in the wild because of the pet trade, which is removing them from the wild in great numbers for exportation to the United States, as well as by habitat destruction. The Chinese Box Turtle is native to Asia, particularly Taiwan, southern China and the Japanese Ryukyu Islands.

While all tortoises are technically turtles, some Box Turtles are classified as Tortoises and some are classified as Turtles. On CentralPets.com we use this style of classification.

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