43 Assam roofed turtles seized in Chennai


CHENNAI: Sleuths of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence here on Tuesday seized 43 from a man hailing from the .
Assam roofed turtles, found in the drainage system, are considered very rare. Their distribution range is very narrow.

This was the third seizure of this species here in the last three months, a wildlife official said.

The species is exploited for its meat and eggs.

Extremely shy, these turtles are amphibians. They are in great demand in the pet trade too.

The International Union for Conservation of Natural Flora and Fauna has categorised this species as endangered.

This species is categorised under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. Those indulging in the trade of Assam roofed turtles will have to face seven years of rigorous imprisonment with a penalty of Rs 10,000.

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