Tortoise Trafficking UPSC NOTE

 Why in News

News reports claims that Chennai the top in tortoise trafficking.

 Indian flapshell turtles

  • It’s a freshwater species ,  small soft-shell  with a carapace length of up to 350 millimetres.

  • The “flap-shelled” name stems from the presence of femoral flaps.

  • Femoral flaps are seen in the plastron, to cover the limbs during retract into the shell.

  • Asian turtle crisis” is a term often used to describe the current state of tortoises and freshwater turtles (TFTs).

Reasons for smuggling and killing

  1. Their aphrodisiac properties

  2. They are used as livestock feed

  3. Leather is made from their skins

  4. Potions are made from their blood

  5. Turtles are also used as fishing bait

  6. They are also used for meat and medicines.

  7. Used as pets.


WPA1972  –  Schedule I , Part II

IUCN           -  Vulnerable

CITES          -    Appendix II

Geographical Distribution -  India, Bangladesh, Myanmar; Nepal and Pakistan



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