© WWF-Chris Greenwood

Cantor's Giant Softshell Turtle

Cantor's Giant Softshell Turtle hatchlings group
Key Facts
Common name
Common Name

Cantor's Giant Softshell Turtle



IUCN: Endangered; CITES: Appendix II

IUCN Red List Entry


Up to 50kg

Latin name

Scientific Name

Pelochelys cantorii


Body Length

Up to 200cm

Did you know?

Did you know?

Rediscovered in Cambodia only in 2007

Cantor’s giant softshell turtle is easily recognized by its broad head with eyes close to the tip of the snout giving it a frog-like appearance (hence the Khmer-name “Frog Head Turtle”). Cambodia is believed to hold a number of significant populations of this species in river swamps, estuaries, and mudflats in lowland areas. A recent WWF-led survey even confirmed breeding giant softshell turtles along the Mekong mainstream. As with most turtles, this species is under threat because it is easily collected and sold to local and international traders or consumed by hunters.
Instead of an exterior shell commonly associated with turtles, the Cantor’s giant soft-shell turtle ... 
© David Emmett / CI Cambodia
Adult Cantor's giant softshell turtle along the Mekong central section in northern Cambodia.
© David Emmett / CI Cambodia