GPS fitted turtles enter Bangladesh after being released from Sunderbans

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GPS fitted turtles enter Bangladesh after being released from Sunderbans

  • At least three of the ten individuals of the critically endangered Northern River Terrapin ( Batagur baska) who were installed with GPS transmitters have travelled hundreds of kilometres and are now in Bangladesh.
  • The objective of fitting GPS transmitters was to ascertain the habitat, breeding pattern and the movement of the species.

Northern River Terrapin ( Batagur baska)

  • It is a species of riverine turtle.
  • Its status is critically endangered in IUCN red list
  • It is one of the largest freshwater and brackish turtle of Asia
  • Distribution: Found in Bangladesh (The Sundarbans and in captivity in Vawal National Park at Gazipur), Cambodia, India (parts- West Bengal & Orissa), Indonesia & Malaysia and * It is regionally extinct in Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand & Vietnam.
  • Habitat: Terrestrial & highly aquatic (freshwater & brackish);
  • It lives in tidal areas of the estuaries of medium and large rivers and also in mangrove habitat.

Other endangered species of Riverine turtles found in India

  • Assam Roofed Turtle (Pangshura sylhetensis):
  • It is a rare species of the turtle
  • It is listed as endangered in India
  • Habitat: Brahmaputra drainage in Assam.
  • Indian Softshell Turtle (Nilssonia gangetica):
  • It is also known as Ganges softshell turtle
  • Habitat: in the rivers of the Ganges, Indus and Mahanadi.
  • The species is considered sacred and also found in the temple ponds of Orissa.
  • Red Crowned Roofed Turtle (Batagur kachuga):
  • It is a freshwater species of turtle
  • It is listed as critically endangered as only a few hundred remain in the wild.
  • Habitat: The National Chambal Sanctuary is India's only protected riverine habitat for red crowned roofed turtles.
  • Indian Eyed Turtle (Morenia petersi):
  • Habitat: South Asia and found in northeastern India only
  • It is classified as Vulnerable

Endangered Species of Sea turtles found in India

  • Five species of sea turtles are known to inhabit Indian coastal waters and islands.
  • These are Olive Ridley turtle,Green turtle,Hawksbill turtle,Leatherback turtle

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea)

  • These are the smallest of all sea turtles found in the world
  • Habitat: warm waters of the Indian Oceans.
  • Gahirmatha coast of Odisha is the largest mass nesting site for the olive ridley sea turtles in India.
  • The species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List, Appendix 1 in CITES, and Schedule 1 in Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

Leatherback Sea Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)

  • It is the largest of all living turtles in the world
  • Habitat: Nicobar Islands

Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

  • It is a large sea turtle also found in the Indian Ocean and throughout the entire Pacific region.

Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

  • It is listed as critically endangered sea turtle
  • Habitat: tropical reefs of the Indian oceans.