Beal's Four-Eyed Turtle

Beal’s Four-Eyed Turtle

Sacalia bealei

About This Animal

SIZE: 5”-6”

RANGE: southern China, northern Vietnam

HABITAT: Freshwater streams

DIET: Omnivorous. Freshwater invertebrates, small fish and occasional fruits and berries

ON EXHIBIT: Chinese Mountain Stream in the Rivers of the World gallery

Closely related to the four-eyed turtle (Sacalia quadriocellata), Beal’s four-eyed turtles have four eye spots on the tops of their heads.  Males and females have different spots.  These turtles lay one small clutch of 1-5 eggs per year in early spring.

Conservation Status: Critically Endangered per the IUCN Red List. Threats include habitat loss and over-collection.

Our Impact: The Tennessee Aquarium is the only AZA institution breeding this species.  More than a dozen have hatched here since 2007.