INDIAN PEACOCK SOFTSHELL TURTLE

CONTEXT:
Indian peacock softshell turtle, a turtle of a vulnerable species was rescued from a fish market in Assam’s Silchar.

IMPORTANT POINTS:

  • The Indian peacock softshell turtle [Nilssonia hurum] is a species of turtle found in South Asia.
  • IUCN Red list status: Vulnerable species.
  • Schedule I species in the Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972
  • This species is confined to India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
  • In india, it is widespread in the northern and central parts of the Indian subcontinent.
  • These are found in rivers, streams, lakes and ponds with mud or sand bottoms.

Major Threats:

  1. Heavily exploited for its meat and calipee;
  2. Reduction of fish stock, due to overfishing, pollution, increase in river traffic, and sand-mining,among others.

SOURCE: PIB

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