Hello guys 🙂

This is my first post in this blog. Mommy thinks that my first post should be like Papoe’s postan introduction of my species 🙂

The common name for my species is Chinese Three-keeled Pond Turtle…quite long isn’t it? But, I also have other name, which is a bit simpler, that is Reeve’s turtle. I am called Reeve’s Turtle because my scientific name is Chynemis Reevesii (Mommy almost named me Keanu because of my last name 😉 )

How to differentiate my species with others?

I have three strong keels on my carapace, which is usually brown. Our common species (mind you that I am not common!) usually has grey body color with yellowish spots and stripes on our head. Mine is the ALL black one…there is no spots and stripes at all on my body and I don’t even have white part on my eyes. I have black and dark green eyes.

According to chinemys.de, my condition is called Melanism.

Melanism is quite common in older males. They are 6 to 9 years old when the yellow markings are fading and the body color becomes darker. At the end all exterior parts including the iris are completely black. When our male came to us in May 2000 the melanism was already beginning. The yellow markings where still visible and the iris was yellow. By now the turtle is completely black.

My species is quite small, usually 4 -5 inches long (10 – 13 cm)…I am now 8 cm. I think I am already old enough…Mommy didn’t adopt small baby like when she adopted Kame, Kroten and Papoe. However, there are also some cases where my species could grow up to 15 inches. They said that size was found in Japan.

Talking about Japan…let’s move on to where you can find me 😉

My origin is from southern China, through the Yangtze Valley down to Canton, and in Korea, Taiwan and Japan. (..and that’s why I was named Kurome, taken from Kurogame which means black turtle in Japanese). When I think about it, Mommy loves things Japanese, and since I came from Japan maybe I can be her favorite turtle 😉

I am a poor swimmer…mommy had proven that by putting me in Kroten’s tank and all I did was only walking on the bottom of the tank. She took me out and put me back in my tank with shallow water. I tend to be carnivorous when I was small and become omnivorous as I grow older.

Based on what I read on Tortoise.org

They are very curious about what you do in their area, though quite shy. They will peep at you from the cover of a bush. If you ignore them and keep on digging out weeds or planting, they will come right to your side in the hopes of “freebies”. The youngsters in the pond will swim up the incline and stand up on their hind legs and crane their necks to see what you are doing, all the time swinging their front legs to balance. Many a time I have seen them tip too far and flop over on their backs. They are very personable turtles, and tend to make responsive pets.

The site was 100% correct!! I am both shy and curious and often stand on my hind legs with neck stretching to see what Mommy is doing…but when Mommy wants to touch me, I swim away sometimes…I will need time to stop swimming away 😉

That’s all for now guys…Mommy will talk more about my dashing personality soon 😉

I hope you will accept me like you accept Kame (whom I have never met), Kroten and Papoe 🙂

This is how common Reeve’s turtle look like:

Photo belongs to Northrup Photography

This one is from 9gag.com … see how small my species could be 😉 (Edit: Someone told me that this is a stinkpot…not my species)

About Kurome

Hi...My name is Kurome (Black turtle). I am a Chinemys Reveesii or Chinese Three-keeled Pond Turtle or Revee's Turtle to be short. I don't know how old I am but my Mommy adopted me on September 22, 2012

20 responses »

  1. Hey Kroten, Hey Papoe, Hey Keanu, Jet here. Hi Miss Novroz.

    Oh, Keanu, thank you so very much for educating us. We LOVE learning about all of you. We find the change in color as you mature fascinating. Mom says my coloring has changed a bit in the 4 years we’ve shared together.

    Welcome to the family, keep posting with your siblings, ok?

    • Kurome says:

      Hi Jet, glad you like my first post 🙂

      by the way, my name is Kurome, mommy almost named me Keanu but changed her mind and gave me a Japanese name meaning Black Turtle 😉

      Not all my species can turo to all black like me, most keep their spots and stripes.

      Do all dogs change fur colour like you?


      • heyitsjethere says:

        Hey Kurome, Jet here.

        Whoops, sorry for the wrong name. 😦 We kind of thought we made a goof, we’ll get it right from now on!

        Oh, then you’re special like me! We call all black creatures black pearls… in the rescue world we call ourselves black pearls because we are rescued at a less frequent rate. 😦

        What a great question. I’m not sure. When Koko and now JJ became more mature, their golden fur lightened on their faces.

      • Kurome says:

        Don’t worry Jet 😉

        I like that name!! I don’t mind being a black pearl, it’s a rare pearl last time I heard.
        I know that…especially when you are a cat, many refused to take black cat…fortunately my Mommy was so eager to see a black turtle and adopted me straight away…she is one odd woman 😉

        Ooww…I suppose all animal change when they get older

      • heyitsjethere says:

        Yes, black pearls are treasured. 🙂 My human sister adopted a gorgeous black cat.

      • edlaine says:

        Beautiful specie. I love it.

      • Kurome says:

        Thank you Edlaine 🙂 …plus I am also a smart turtle. Go ask my Mommy if you don’t believe me 😉

  2. Binky says:

    You stand up on your hind legs to look around? Maybe mommy can get a picture of that one day. And you can’t swim that well, either? I thought all turtles were very good swimmers. Nevertheless, I’m sure everyone will accept you like your siblings.

    • Kurome says:

      I can only stand with my hind legs when I am in the water…it’s like human who tries to stay floating…moving my front legs a bit. Hopely mommy can capture that on camera one day. She had taken my picture when I was sleeping in standing position 😉

      Yeah, it takes great effort to swim up to breath…Kroten has a deep tank and I got tired trying to swim up and down…I love my 10cm deep tank.

      Thank you Bink 🙂


  3. Tony McGurk says:

    Nice to learn a bit about your species Kurome. The tiny turtle in the bottle cap is so ultra cute.

  4. fitri says:

    halo kurome.!black is beautiful!baiteway lucu jg ya personality nya ..malu2 tp mau..hope you happy in th middle of your new sweet family

  5. Donna says:

    Wow in first n sec pic, Kurome’s eyes are like hawk’s eyes.
    Nice to know your species, Kurome 😀

  6. go turtles says:

    Quite a tiny turtle but very acttractive to me

  7. […] two little brothers are from different species, Kurome is a Chinese Three-keeled Pond Turtle (or Reeves Turtle) while Papoe is a Pink Belly Short Necked Turtle (or Emydura […]

  8. Nice to learn more about your species! I don’t think that I have ever seen one of your kind before. The red-eared sliders, box turtles, and different tortoise species are mostly popular here. Have you ever been to anapsid.org? It is the reptile site my doctor and I used to give people information from. I wonder if Kurome is on there!

    • Novroz says:

      Thank you for reading Ann 🙂
      To be honest not many people know about Kurome’s species. When I brought him home, I have no idea what he is. I have to spend hours to figure out what he is and ask around.
      Some said he is quite rare, but many breeders have breed them now.

      Thank you for the link 🙂
      I have checked them once or twice. Great site but it doesnt cover all type of turtles 😦

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