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Cyclemys dentata is a semi aquatic turtle that prefers to live in hilly, well-vegetated regions of South East Asia. It is distinguished by a wide orange-red band along the side of the head, and a yellow plastron (the ventral shell), often covered by radiating narrow black lines. Additionally, the females have a hinged plastron, which allows them to lay relatively large eggs. The carapace tends to be dark brown or light olive and has one vertebral keel. Often times the posterior border of the shell has a saw tooth pattern. Lastly, this mild mannered turtle is an omnivore and, though often used as pets, has no special protection aside from inclusive natural protection of all turtles (Bonin, Devaux, and Dupre 2006: 315, 316).