Swimming on the brink of extinction, used to be in genus Geoemyda

Heosemys is a poorly studied genus of turtles endemic to South-East Asia. This genus contains four different species of tortoises, all of which are endangered and on the brink of extinction in the wild.

They may be found in lowland and hill rainforests, often beside tiny streams and up to 900 meters (3000 miles) above sea level in the hills, but because of their dwindling numbers, they are rarely spotted. Because of that, scientists have a lot of trouble tracking and studying these enigmatic animals in the wild.

Their feeding habits and ecological significance are still unknown, but ecologists speculate that these turtles might be omnivores or opportunistic predators. If strict and immediate actions are not taken, these reptiles will soon become extinct because of the fragmentation of their habitat.