Swinhoe's Soft-shelled Turtle

The Swinhoe's Soft-shelled Turtle is classified as Critically Endangered (CR), facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

living specimen of a Swinhoe's soft-shelled turtle in the wild. Long thought extinct in the wild, there are five in captivity in the world, the researchers recently confirmed that a 300-pound turtle was living in a lake just west of Hanoi, Vietnam. More

searching for the supposedly extinct Swinhoe's soft-shelled turtle in lakes and wetlands along the Red River, researchers finally listened to local villagers who claimed to have occasionally seen the elusive turtle in a lake just west of Hanoi. More

Sole wild Swinhoe's soft-shelled turtle swept out of lake by flood, had to be bought back from local fisherman. More

Common names

Jangtse-Riesenweichschildkröte in German - Deutsch
Shanghai softshell turtle in English - English
Swinhoe?s Soft-shelled Turtle in English - English
Swinhoe's Soft-shelled Turtle in English - English
Swinhoe’s Soft-shelled Turtle in English - English
Yangtze-weekschildpad in Dutch - Nederlands
ตะพาบยักษ์แยงซีเกียง in Thai - ไทย

Order : Testudines
Family : Trionychidae
Genus : Rafetus
Species : Rafetus swinhoei
Authority : GRAY 1873