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Over 200 Indian Roofed and Indian Tent turtles confiscated in central India

On the 30th August 2009 over 200 Indian Roofed (Pangshura tecta) and Indian Tent turtles (Pangshura tentoria circumdata) were confiscated by local authorities and Madhya Pradesh Forest Department in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, Central India. The animals were abandoned on a local train when those transporting them escaped.

The Indian Roofed Turtle is fully protected under appendix I of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act with the beautiful coloration of the species making it popular in the pet trade. However it is unusual to see so many Indian Tent Turtles in the trade. All the turtles were rescue to the Deori Gharial Centre on the Chambal River which is under management of the Forestry Department.

27th November 2009

Press release by Shailendra Singh & Rishikesh Sharma
of the Turtle Survival Alliance –Madras Crocodile Bank Trust India Program Office

For further information please contact:

B-234, Friend's Colony, Etawah,
Uttar Pradesh, India


An Indian Roofed Turtle (Pangshura tecta) successful rescued to the Deori Gharial Centre – Photo by Shailendra Singh


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