Spiny turtles (Heosemys spinosa) are so named because juveniles sport some seriously sharp scutes, or spines, on their shells to deter predators. The Academy's resident turtles enjoy a predator-free lifestyle, but do enjoy some hunting themselves—for corn on the cob, that is.
Common name: Spiny turtle
Scientific name: Heosemys spinosa
Size: Up to 11 inches
Range: Southeast Asia (Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei)
Habitat: Hilly tropical forests and wetlands
IUCN Red List status: Endangered